Khamis, September 02, 2010

Google Friends Newsletter - August 2010

Google logo on the wall.

Phone calls from Gmail

Now you can call any phone right from within Gmail. Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone—just click "Call phone" at the top of your chat list, and dial a number or enter a contact's name. At the moment, this feature is only for Gmail users in the U.S. Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of 2010, and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates.


New design for Google Translate

Google Translate has a fresh look that makes it easier than ever to translate text, web pages and documents. The new design also highlights many of Google Translate's coolest features, including the ability to search across languages, translate incoming email in Gmail or take Google Translate with you on your phone.

Homepage for Realtime Search

Google Realtime Search now has its own homepage, where you'll find tools to help you refine and understand your results. We've added geographic refinements to find updates and news in a region you specify, and a conversations view that makes it easy to follow a discussion on the real-time web. We also added "Updates" content to Google Alerts, making it easier to stay informed about the topics you choose.

Voice Actions for Android

These are a series of spoken commands that let you control your Android phone using your voice. You can send texts, listen to music, browse the web, send email and more—just by speaking into your phone. To use Voice Actions, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the "Speak Now" screen. Voice Actions are currently available for English speakers in the U.S., and require Froyo (Android 2.2).

Responding to the floods in Pakistan

Our Crisis Response team has been working to help relief efforts in Pakistan by making critical information more accessible. We launched a page in Urdu and English for finding information, resources and donation opportunities to help flood victims. Person Finder is available in English and Urdu, as is a tool called Resource Finder to help with disseminating information around medical facilities.


Earlier this month we shared a handful of stories from people who have used Google in interesting ways that helped them solve a problem large or small. Their stories range from the mundane—finding the manufacturer of a frying pan, or the composer of a song—to the sublime: finding a long-lost love, welcoming a brand-new family member into the world. Enjoy these stories, and if you have a Google story of your own, share it with us by clicking on the second link below.

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