Customize your background on Gmail
You can now set the background in Gmail to a photo from your computer or Picasa Web Albums. To get started with your own personalized theme, go to the Themes tab in Gmail settings and choose “Create your own theme.”
NEW PRODUCTS & UPDATES
More movies on YouTube
More than 3,000 full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios are now available on YouTube. Watch one of the hundreds of free movies available, or rent blockbuster new releases like The King’s Speech, The Green Hornet or Despicable Me. Many movie pages feature YouTube Movie Extras: free behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, parodies, clips and remixes from YouTube’s community of content creators.
Music Beta by Google
With Music Beta, you can upload your personal music collection to a single library, even if it's scattered across multiple computers. You can listen from the web or any enabled device with the Music app from Android Market. Playlists are automatically kept in sync, and you don't have to worry about cables, file transfers or running out of storage space. The songs you've recently played will automatically be available offline and you can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you're not connected. With Instant Mix, you can automatically build new playlists of songs from your collection. Music Beta is currently available by invitation in the U.S.
Chromebooks are a new type of computer based on the Chrome OS (operating system). There’s no software or desktop—everything is done within the browser. Chromebooks launch in seconds, are resistant to viruses and require no maintenance. The first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer, will be available online June 15th in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Spain.
Google Advisor helps you quickly find relevant financial products from many providers and compare them side-by-side. Enter information about what you’re looking for in a mortgage, credit card, CD, checking or savings account and receive a list of offers that match your criteria, along with rates and contact information. Google Advisor is currently available in the U.S.
New features for Google News
With expandable stories in Google News, you can easily browse the moment’s top stories, and access diverse perspectives. Each story box is collapsed down to one headline, except for the top story. When a headline grabs your attention, click to expand and view related videos and photos as well as related articles marked according to genre, like “Opinion” or “In Depth.”
May was a month for doing good and giving recognition. We held a Google Map Maker event at the World Bank to help accurately map the future Republic of South Sudan, and with the Newseum, launched a YouTube channel to honor journalists who have lost their lives covering war zones and conflict areas. We awarded 65 young women with Google Anita Borg Memorial scholarships and crowned seven-year old Matteo Lopez from South San Francisco, Calif., the U.S. 2011 Doodle 4 Google winner. Finally, our own distinguished engineer Ken Thompson was awarded the prestigious Japan Prize at a ceremony at our headquarters.