News and notes from Google Down Under
Aussies love their photos, now it’s easier to find them
Thursday, December 17, 2015
People around the world are expected to take an
estimated 1 trillion digital photos this year
. That’s three times as many as we took five years ago. If you printed them all out in regular 4x6 photo size and lay them in a line, they would wrap around the world two and a half times!
There’s no doubt that smartphones have changed the way we see the world and capture memories of our daily lives. Our phones are filled with moments that we never had the opportunity to snap before. We take slow-mo videos, panos,
, selfies, GIFs, and beautifully framed photos of our breakfast bircher muesli.
We wanted to learn more, so we asked 1000 Aussies how they are taking photos and how they use them. We found some interesting trends, like the fact that one in seven Aussies take more than 2000 photos every year—and that’s just on their smartphones!
Here are a few more findings:
For two-thirds of us, our smartphone is our favourite device to take photos
Despite the ever-present selfie, Aussies aren’t self-obsessed — we say that we mostly take photos of our friends and family (44%), followed closely by scenery and landscapes (38%), and our pets (23%)
Nine in ten of us look back at our old photos, with one in five looking at them at least once a week
But no matter how much we love our photos, many Aussies find it difficult to know what to do with them!
We mostly store our images on our smartphones or an external hard drive, but this isn’t always foolproof. Almost half of Aussies said they had lost precious snaps because their computer or hard drive died (18%), they accidentally deleted them (15%), they got a new phone and didn’t copy them across (15%), or they lost the USB/hard drive (8%).
About a third of us have had to delete photos off our phones in order to clear memory and make more room.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are now more than
100 million people around the world
using Google Photos. With
you can store unlimited photos and videos in the cloud, so you never have to worry about where those photos are.
That’s not the only cool feature. Search on Google Photos allows you to find a particular photo just by typing in what you’re looking for — find all your beach photos for instance, just by searching “ocean” or “sand”.
We also recently made it easier to share photos with close family and friends, through
. Now you can share entire albums of your recent trip down the coast or the best photos from the Christmas party with friends and loved ones by SMS, email, messaging apps and more. Better yet, the albums are collaborative, so everyone with access to the album can add their own photos too.
Google Photos is available across
so it’s easy to get started and make sure you never lose a precious memory again.
Posted by Shane Treeves, Communications Manager, Google Australia
The Year in Search: The Moments that Defined 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Every year, we reflect on the moments that made us laugh, made us cry, and made us search, via our annual Year in Search. This was a year in which we cheered for our Australian sporting teams, bid farewell to our global heroes, and wondered where
Home and Away is filmed
Watch our video to rediscover the events, people and topics that defined 2015 around the world:
Two cups and a silver medal
While Australia took the Asian Cup and Cricket World Cup, our loss to New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final ranked higher on this year’s top trending searches list (it’s okay, we still beat them in the cricket). More than half of this year’s top trending searches were sports related, with Aussies also following the personal stories of Ronda Rousey and Jarryd Hayne.
Sad news and new arrivals
The tragic events in Paris, the Nepal earthquake, and Cyclone Marcia were global news moments that captured our attention this year. A berries recall drove a
global spike in searches for Hepatitis A
, while Mick Fanning’s encounter with a Great White
saw searches for “shark attack” reach an all time high
. In lighter news, photos from the Pluto flyby and the arrival of another Royal baby made the Trending News Items list (though
Charlotte couldn’t top George’s 2013 spike
How did they do that?
‘How to’ searches are always particularly representative of the trends sweeping a country, but this year Aussies were concerned with the quotidian - how to write a cover letter, how to lose weight, how to make a paper plane, how to draw, and how to tie a tie.
Closer to home
We remembered the lives of Phil Walsh and Richie Benaud, and The Boy Next Door telemovie prompted many Australians to revisit Peter Allen’s legacy. Jarryd Hayne’s debut in NFL’s 49ers helper make him the top trending Aussie this year, with Malcolm Turnbull taking out the second spot.
Dubsmash, Lucy the Australopithecus and Chuck Norris
To better understand our world and ourselves, we asked questions like what is the meaning of life, who is Lucy The Australopithecus, and where is Chuck Norris. We also quickly searched for new digital lingo like Dubsmash, Periscope, OK Google and FUTBIN (just in case our friends asked us about these new crazes or wanted us to play Agario with them)...
Here’s the full list of our top 10 trending searches in Australia this year:
Rugby World Cup
Cricket World Cup
You can find more on these top searches and others at
2. Rugby World Cup
3. Lamar Odom
4. Ronda Rousey
5. Asian Cup
6. Jarryd Hayne
7. Jurassic World
9. Cricket World Cup
News items of 2015 (Trending)
2. Bali 9
3. Hepatitis A
4. Cyclone Marcia
5. Charlie Hebdo
8. Nepal Earthquake
9. Royal Baby
10. Mick Fanning Shark Attack
How to… (Most Searched)
1. Tie A Tie
2. Make Pancakes
3. Screenshot On Mac
4. Make A Paper Plane
5. Write A Cover Letter
7. Get Rid Of Pimples
8. Poach An Egg
9. Lose Weight Fast
10. Make Money
What is… ? (Most Searched)
3. The Meaning Of Life
4. The Time
5. The Weather Today
6. A Noun
7. A Prime Number
9. A Verb
10. All Purpose Flour
1. Jarryd Hayne
2. Malcolm Turnbull
3. Ivan Milat
4. Phil Walsh
5. Peter Allen
6. Ruby Rose
7. Gina Rinehart
9. Richie Benaud
10. Mick Fanning
Global People (Trending)
1. Lamar Odom
2. Caitlyn Jenner
4. Charlie Sheen
5. Jeremy Clarkson
6. Natalia Kills
7. Jonah Lomu
8. Chris Kyle
9. Lenny Kravitz
10. Christopher Lee
Recipes (Most Searched)
1. Pancake Recipe
2. Slow Cooker Recipe
3. Chicken Recipes
4. Thermomix Recipes
5. Lasagna Recipe
6. Chocolate Cake Recipe
7. Quiche Recipe
8. Paleo Recipes
9. Pizza Dough Recipes
10. Banana Bread Recipe
Who is… ? (Most Searched)
2. Lucy The
3. Gossip Girl
4. The Stig
5. The Richest Person In The World
6. The Arkham Knight
7. The Prime Minister Of Australia
8. Bruce Jenner
10. Charles DiLaurentis
Where is… ? (Most Searched)
6. 800 Words Filmed
7. Home And Away Filmed
9. Chuck Norris
10. Bora Bora
Digital / Internet Lingo (Trending)
2. How Old Net
5. Snapchat Emoji
6. Netflix And Chill
9. Selfie Stick
What was hot in 2015?
The "trending" queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2015 as compared to 2014.
What topped Google’s charts?
The "most searched" queries are the most popular terms for 2015—ranked in order by volume of searches.
Hundreds of stories in depth
The 2015 Year in Search goes deeper than we've ever gone before. This year, we’re covering hundreds of news stories, sharing interactive guides and charts, and diving into the numbers by sharing things like how many times people searched for Adele (439 million, if you want to know!). See how all of the biggest stories of the year compared:
to explore the rest of the 2015 Year in Search stories and top trending charts from around the world.
Posted by Shane Treeves, Communications Manager, Google Australia
YouTube ads Australians chose to watch in 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
reluctant Ricky Gervais
unstoppable Nathan Charles
, this year’s Australian YouTube Ads Leaderboard showcased the rise of made-for-YouTube content in 2015.
The most watched YouTube ad in Australia in 2015 was for mobile game
Clash of Clans
, capping off a huge year for the brand which now has over 3.7m subscribers.
Alongside Clash of Clans, Coca Cola’s
delivered longer-form videos that pulled at the heartstrings of their respective audiences.
However it was local creative from Australia and New Zealand that took out more than half of the top 10 places. Dolmio’s
brought families together, Honda shook up the automotive scene with their take on
, and Leaderboard regulars Air New Zealand continued to reap dividends for their entertaining take on
The top 10 ads featured on the Leaderboard are calculated using an algorithm that factors in organic and paid views, watch time and also audience retention.
Clash of Clans: Ride of the Hog Riders
Did Ricky Gervais just do that to Optus?
Technology has hijacked family dinnertime. Watch the Pepper Hacker reclaim it.
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The unique connection
All-new Honda HR-V
Rugby player with life-threatening disease – Nathan Charles | UNSTOPPABLE NUTRI-GRAIN
The Lexus Hoverboard: It's here
Men In Black Safety Defenders #AirNZSafetyVideo
Air New Zealand’s Safety Safari #AirNZSafetyVideo
Now in its third year, the 2015 Ads Leaderboard showcases how brands are continuing to find new ways to capture people’s imaginations on YouTube. YouTube watch time is up 60% since last year, and with Australians spending more and more time on YouTube, we look forward to seeing the work that brands create, broadcast and share in 2016.
Posted by Chris Dodson, Head of YouTube and Ads Marketing, Google Australia
Tap. Pay. Down Under.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Android users across Australia are already enjoying many
great features of Android
from Voice Search to Now on Tap to Photos. From next year, your Android smartphone will be even more useful as it becomes a way to buy things while out and about, with Android Pay.
In the first half of 2016, we’ll be bringing Android Pay to Australia — the simple and secure way to pay using your Android phone. Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone.
Simple to use
With Android Pay, you simply unlock your phone, hold it to the terminal, and voila — your payment is done. We’re working closely with many of Australia’s major financial institutions — including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING DIRECT, Macquarie Bank, and St. George — with the aim of bringing Android Pay to their card holders in 2016, and will continue to work with more banks throughout the year.
When Android Pay arrives in Australia next year, it will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. We’re also working with eftpos to support their cards in Android Pay.
Shop at your favourites
Aussies will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted. Many leading retailers are working with us to support the launch of Android Pay — including 7-Eleven, Brumby's Bakery, Coles Express, Coles Supermarkets, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited, Donut King, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, McDonald’s, Michel’s Patisserie, Pizza Capers, and Telstra.
You will also be able to use Android Pay for fast checkout within apps - no more entering your payment or address details every time you want to shop. At launch, we expect this feature will be available in many Aussie apps — including Catch of the Day, EatNow, GoCatch, Kogan.com, Menulog, OzSale, Rewardle, and The Iconic.
Merchants, want to accept Android Pay?
You can visit the
Android Pay API developer site
to learn how to accept Android Pay for the purchase of physical goods and services in your app. We’re partnering with developers like LOKE and Marketplacer to bring Android Pay to apps from favourite brands like Burger Edge, House of Home, and Messina.
We’re also working with leading payment providers such as Braintree, eWAY, First Data, and Stripe to make accepting Android Pay across stores and apps a breeze.
Security is at the centre of Android Pay
We know how important it is to keep your personal and financial information secure, so Android Pay is supported by industry standard tokenisation. This means your real credit or debit card number isn't ever shared with the merchant. As soon as you make a purchase, you’ll see a payment confirmation that shows where a given transaction happened, so it’s easy to catch any suspicious activity. And if your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can simply use Android Device Manager to instantly lock your device from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or even wipe it clean of your personal information.
Partnering with the ecosystem
We’re approaching Android Pay the same way we approach every other part of the Android family — partnering with the ecosystem. We’re bringing together payment networks, banks and retailers to deliver you choice and flexibility, and offering developers an open platform to collectively push mobile payments forward.
Stay tuned in 2016 for more information on the launch.
Posted by Pali Bhat, Director, Product Management
Google Play Music: Now playing for your family
Thursday, December 10, 2015
In a family of music lovers, there’s a soundtrack playing throughout our daily lives. My husband likes to listen to
The Smiths radio
while he works; I like
Entering Beast Mode
radio when I hit the gym; and we listen to
as a family while we are cooking dinner. What can I say, we’re a pretty fun bunch! But it means my family ends up paying for multiple subscription music accounts which can add up over time. For families like mine, we’re happy to start offering the Google Play Music family plan today.
With the family plan, you and up to five family members can subscribe to Google Play Music - together - for just AU$17.99 per month. You’ll unlock all of the same features you’d get from having individual subscriptions, including ad free, unlimited access to more than 35 million songs and the ability for each family member to stream simultaneously on any device, all for one low price. Now, you can keep your listening experiences separate from your partner and get music recommendations tailored to the music you like. So, my husband’s Depeche Mode singles will never show up in my account - only my true favorites will be front and centre.
You and your family will be able to sign up for a
Google Play Music
family plan in the coming days on Android devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, France and Germany, with more countries coming soon. You and your family members can listen on Android, iOS and the web.
Posted by Eunice Kim, Google Play, Product Manager Team
#YouTubeRewind: Celebrating what you created, watched and shared in 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
In 2015, you introduced the world to the latest
, opened up discussions about
diversity and inclusion
, and lip-synced in
in front of millions. The trends you participated in and the creativity you shared defined the year on YouTube in a bigger way than ever before.
It's time to celebrate. More than 150 YouTube creators from all over the world got together to relive not just the best moments of 2015, but also some of the most memorable viral clips from YouTube history (hey, it’s still our
10th birthday year
for a few more days yet …). The result: the 2015 installment of our annual Rewind video, featuring everything from YouTube dance prodigies, some of your favourite TV personalities, an epic plastic ball fight, and even a remix from Avicii.
Here are the top trending videos for 2015 in Australia, based on the amount of time people spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking, and more. This year, the list represents the amazing variety of creativity brought to YouTube each day, including social commentary, pranks, movie trailers, and hilarious moments from traditional media and big names on YouTube.
Given the interest in the recent launch of the
YouTube Kids app in Australia
, it’s no surprise to see that a video from Peppa Pig took out the top spot this year. Four global television moments also made the top Trending Videos list in Australia, paying homage to widely popular YouTube trends including lip sync battles, in-car singalongs, and the reading of mean tweets.
Peppa Pig - 9 Episode Compilation 2!
Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2
Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke
Mean Tweets - Music Edition #2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)
The Dangers Of Social Media (Child Predator Social Experiment) Girl Edition!
Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera
Fast & Furious Nerd Shocks Instructors
Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!!
When it comes to music, 2015 saw some of our fastest-rising videos of all time. Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" reached over 1 billion views in just 6 months and Adele reached the year's top 10 in just a few weeks. The top 10 music videos collectively have more than 68 million subscribers, and these videos have collectively amassed more than 6 billion views in 2015.
Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do (Official Video)
Adele - Hello
Sia - Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler (Official Video)
Taylor Swift - Style
Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (feat. MØ) (Official Music Video)
Silentó - Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (Official)
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean?
And if you love staying on top of the most-anticipated new trailers, hottest music videos, and viral clips from YouTube creators, today we unveil the new
YouTube Trending tab
. This new tab in your YouTube app delivers the top trending videos directly to your Android, iOS, and desktop device. It's the best way to catch the videos, creators, and trends that people watch, share, and talk about each and every day. See 'em as they take off and before they appear in YouTube Rewind 2016. And for more Rewind fun, check out the
YouTube Rewind channel
Posted by Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends, and the YouTube Rewind team, who recently watched “
YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015 | #YouTubeRewind
Equipping teachers to inspire our kids into the jobs of the future
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Introducing students to computer science has never been more critical to prepare them for the jobs of the future. While none of us know exactly what those jobs will look like, we do know they will require a greater ability to understand and engage in computational thinking and coding - across every sector. From medicine to mining, from fashion to food production, every industry is being transformed by computer science, and graduates are in high demand.
With many states commencing implementation of the Digital Technologies Curriculum it is critical that we have development opportunities for teachers to equip and inspire them with the skills they need to encourage the next generation of innovators. Google’s CS4HS program has been equipping teachers in Australia since 2011 by providing grants for hands on workshops for K-12 teachers. Through our
free online courses
through Adelaide University and our CS4HS workshops we’ve seen thousands of teachers inspired and equipped to implement this new curriculum.
are now open for our 2016 CS4HS program in
Australia and New Zealand
and are open until 26 February 2016.
If you want to know where computer science can take today’s students, check out
Careers with Code
. In the future, young Australians will use computer science to do great things, and it will all start with a great teacher with a passion for the topic.
Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community & Outreach Manager, Google Australia & New Zealand
Going Google just got easier
Thursday, November 19, 2015
research by Deloitte
suggests that there is $49 billion up for grabs in Australia if companies worked more collaboratively. Google for Work — is a great way to realise those savings, with collaboration at its heart. Actually, we're so confident that Docs has all the features you need, without the ones you don't, that we're making it even easier for Australian businesses to give it a try.
Starting today, we’ll cover the fees of Google Apps for up to 3,000 users for businesses locked into an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider until its contract runs out, when that business then signs up to Google Apps for the rest of its EA plus one year. We'll even chip in on some of the deployment costs to set companies up for success with one of our
Google for Work Partners
. Visit our
to learn more about the terms and conditions for this offer.
Nine years ago with Google Docs, we saw an opportunity to build something that would enable people to work together in new ways. Fast forward to today and Docs is a productivity powerhouse. Now’s a great time to give it a fresh look if you want to take advantage of its unmatched collaboration tools. We’ve made it easy by covering most of the features some
claim to be missing
and adding nifty new stuff like Voice Typing and Explore. All in all, we think businesses will find Google for Work offers the perfect tools for work. A number of well-known Australian businesses like Dick Smith and Salmat have already turned to Google Apps to power their IT.
There’s a new way of working, and we think that once businesses see Docs and the rest of Google Apps for Work in action, they’ll never want to go back. We want to help Australian companies experience it now, even those locked into an existing EA. You can read more
Posted by Renee Gamble, Head of Google for Work, Australia and New Zealand
Welcome the newest member of our family: the YouTube Kids app launches in Australia
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
For years, my family and I have watched countless hours of videos on all kinds of topics. We use video to learn and listen to
, to enjoy the
we love, and to ask and answer questions on
and beyond. With a world of video in our pockets, there’s a world of possibility and knowledge at our fingertips.
Today, we’re introducing the
YouTube Kids app to Australia
- an app built with parents and children in mind, that makes it safer and easier for kids to find videos on topics they want to explore. Since its release in the United States in February, the YouTube Kids app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, by families who rate it among the top kids apps available.
Now, Aussie families will have a new way to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe. YouTube Kids is our first step in reimagining YouTube for families, built from the ground up with little ones in mind. Our family-friendly app makes it easier for parents and kids to enjoy the family content they love, and it’s now available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store.
Here are some of the key features:
Bright and playful design
We’ve designed the app to be easier for kids to use, with a brighter and bigger interface that’s perfect for little thumbs to navigate. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about. Your family can even enjoy their favourite videos on the big screen, using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smart TV.
With larger images and bold icons, it’s fast and simple. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about.
We’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a safer version of YouTube, a family-friendly place for kids to explore their imagination and curiosity. You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore, or search for videos of particular interest to your family. Your favourite Aussie shows from
— Play School, Jemima's Big Adventure, and Giggle and Hoot — are in YouTube Kids alongside
Thomas & Friends
National Geographic Kids
. You’ll also find popular content from Australian creators such as
Charli's Crafty Kitchen
We’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids and put parents in the driving seat.
Learn how the app works:
When parents open YouTube Kids, we explain upfront how our systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. We always try to make the videos available in the app family-friendly but no system is perfect, so if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.
We’ll also prompt you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore - turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set. Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the get-go.
Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;) )
Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breath.
Parents have the ability to set their own passcode.
YouTube Kids is available for free starting today in Australia on
. We’re so excited to help kids and families discover, learn and create in new ways. From our family to yours, happy exploring!
Posted by Malik Ducard, Dad of three, and Global Head of Family and Learning, YouTube, who recently watched an episode of
with his family.
Regional Online Heroes
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Outback Australians have always found ways to overcome distance with technology, from the
Royal Flying Doctor Service
School of the Air
. These days, it’s the internet that is helping Australia’s rural communities by giving a boost to their small businesses.
Last week, in partnership with the
Regional Australia Institute
, we welcomed ten winners from our
Regional Online Heroes
initiative to Google in Sydney, selected by a panel including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and
founder Jane Cay.
One of our Regional Online Heroes, Eric from Farmanco, swaps notes with a Googler on getting the most out of the internet
These business owners are getting on with growing their businesses, creating jobs and giving back to their local communities. For instance, Rae from
Mind my Farm
in Parkes has set up a business that matches farmers with expert farm sitters, allowing farmers to take a well-deserved break. Sheree from
uses the internet to find new customers for her beads and other jewellery - and now exports from Merredin, WA to places as far afield as the UK, Mexico, Bulgaria and Canada.
Resourceful business owners like Rae and Sheree are using the internet to make their regional businesses thrive in a digital age.
Another great example is the national winner of our Regional Online Heroes competition.
. The business was set up in the outback town of Tambo, QLD (population: 340) in the middle of a drought as a way of using discarded wool products, but is now a huge success, relying on the internet to sell teddies across Australia - and internationally. Alison, Kiralee and Tammy have used the internet to put Tambo on the map, create jobs and put a smile on the face of kids across the world.
Businesses that are making the most of the internet are twice as likely to be growing, and four times as likely to be hiring staff
So we want to say a big good on ya to our ten regional online heroes - and to all those other businesses in regional Australia using the internet to grow and give back.
Regional Online Heroes 2015
Mind My Farm
The Rural Woman
Posted by John Ball, Head of Small Business, Google Australia
Looking for Australia’s first Google News Fellow
Monday, November 9, 2015
Google News Lab
is a team within Google that collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. The
Google News Lab Fellowship
is one of the Lab’s programs that aims to develop the next generation of reporters by placing journalism students and graduates at host organisations for eight weeks to work on projects at the intersection of media and technology.
Now for the first time
we’re bringing the News Lab Fellows program to Australia
. We’re seeking a university student or graduate to spend the 2016 mid-year break embedded in the
Sydney Morning Herald
newsroom, working on data journalism and coding projects that will help the newsroom experiment and innovate with the latest storytelling technologies and techniques, and in doing so help push forward the state of journalism in Australia.
The Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have technology skills that they’d like to apply to create new innovative forms of journalism, under the guidance of some of Australia’s most experienced journalists, editors, photographers, and editorial developers. Preference will be given to students currently involved in computer science or related specialties, or current journalism students who can demonstrate strong proficiency in technology.
Interested students can apply
. Applications close on November 22, and the successful applicant will spend eight weeks in the Sydney Morning Herald newsroom from May 30, 2016.
Posted by Annie Baxter, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Australia
Two new Nexus phones available for pre-order in Australia today
Monday, October 26, 2015
We introduced Android as an open platform that anyone can build on, and today there are 4,000+ Android devices in all shapes and sizes. Android’s diversity is why it’s become the most popular mobile platform in the world, and the latest version,
, takes Android to a new level of performance.
Every year, the people who build Android also build
devices to show off the latest and greatest of Android. And this year, they built not one, but two Nexus phones. Today we’re introducing two new Nexus treats and opening pre-orders for both phones in Australia. They both run Android Marshmallow 6.0 and are sweetened by amazing apps — sandwiched by some cutting-edge hardware (see what we did there?).
is the first full metal-body Nexus phone. Built by Huawei, this 5.7” phone is crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum, with a powerful processor, a 12 megapixel camera and a new type of USB port —called USB Type-C — for fast charging.
Many of you told us how much you loved the Nexus 5. So, we’ve brought it back with the new
, giving you great performance and a beautiful 5.2” screen, in a compact and light package.
With Android Marshmallow, the new Nexus phones offer Now on Tap to help you get fast answers when you need them, fingerprint support for quick and secure access, more control over app permissions, and Doze to help your battery work smarter.
Starting today in Australia, you can pre-order the new Nexus phones from the
. The Nexus 5X starts at $659 and the Nexus 6P starts at $899. You can also get the Nexus 5X on a plan or outright through
, while the Nexus 6P is available through
. In early November, you can pop into a
or Harvey Norman to pick up a new Nexus device.
Posted by Venkat Rapaka, Director of Product Management, Android and Chrome
Ineka Voigt from Canberra wins Doodle 4 Google 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Earlier this year we announced our latest Doodle 4 Google competition, in which we asked school students across Australia to draw their own version of the Google logo, inspired by the theme “If I could go back in time I would...” Now, more than 26,000 doodles later, we can announce the winning entry.
Congratulations to Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School in ACT who has just been named the overall national winner for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Ineka has won a Chromebook laptop and Nexus tablet for herself and $10,000 worth of technology for her school. Her doodle will be featured on the
homepage next year.
Ineka’s doodle is titled “Stolen Dreamtime”. Ineka said: “ If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother sits in an ochre desert, dreaming of her children and a life that never was... all that remains is red sand, tears and the whispers of her stolen dreamtime.”
Congratulations also to our other
national age group winners
, Years 1-3 Billy Mahaffy, Scotch College Junior School, WA; Years 4-6 Samuel Nelson, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, QLD; and Years 7-8: Shalayne Smith, Marymount College, QLD.
The National Age Group Winners spent yesterday at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney for the unveiling of the National Winner. The young doodlers also saw their work in a special display at the gallery. Special thanks to Leanne Carr from the Art Gallery of NSW for her generous support of the competition and for an unforgettable day at the Gallery.
Thank you to all our thousands of doodlers from across Australia, and look out for Ineka’s doodle on our homepage.
Posted by Leticia Lentini, Brand and Event Marketing Manager, Google Australia
Careers with Code
Monday, October 12, 2015
Technology doesn’t stand still. Neither do careers, or the skills that we need for the jobs of the future. Just as careers like ‘knocker uppers’ (yep it was a real job) were replaced by alarm clocks, ice cutters by refrigeration, and lamp lighters by electricity, so too are we seeing a transformation in the types of jobs we’ll need and want as a future society.
As few as eight years ago there were no Android or iOS developers - because there were no smartphones! Self-driving cars were just a dream. And 3-D printing of prosthetics wasn’t even imaginable. Yet today, all those these sectors are thriving and likely to supply many of tomorrow’s jobs.
Last year we helped to publish the Careers with Code guide, which showed the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to - everything from art and music to medicine and agriculture. In Australia alone, demand for skilled computer scientists is growing rapidly. In this year’s guide we’ve showcased more amazing and diverse Computer Science careers in fields such as sport, gaming, health, sustainability, and more.
Australia needs technically-capable grads with a passion to solve the really tough challenges facing the world. We hope this guide will inspire your students to take up the challenge and become the change makers, innovators, and creators of the future.
Today, with Refraction Media and we're launching the 2015 edition of Careers with Code, with an unprecedented distribution of 175,000 magazines – 50 copies for every Australian high school, university careers centres and science outreach programs - being distributed across the country.
Careers with Code
, a magazine,
and website, shows high school students the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to – everything from art and music to business, sports, health and conservation. We encourage you to share
with the widest possible audience of students, teachers and parents - it’s not just for the tech, science or maths classes!
Help us start the conversation about the careers of the future with your community, and inspire the next generation to change the world.
Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community and Outreach Manager, Google Australia
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