September 27, 2012

Google For Entrepreneurs comes to India

Google started its journey in a garage and today even with 54,000+ employees globally it is still a start-up at heart. At Google, we are committed to building a diverse and vibrant ecosystem for start-ups and enabling current and future entrepreneurs to be successful. Google for entrepreneurs is one such initiative to demonstrate our leadership and commitment to the cause.

We are celebrating Google for Entrepreneurs week from Sept 23 to Sept 29 across multiple countries. We're excited to bring the "Google for Entrepreneurs Day"  for the first time in India to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Being held at Blue Frog, Mehrauli-Delhi on Sep 28, this event will focus on technology entrepreneurship and will bring together all the different constituents of the ecosystem including emerging start ups, leading academicians, Industry experts,aspiring entrepreneurs from top business and engineering schools and investors.
Our special guests for the event are:

  • Karthik Reddy, MD, Blume Ventures
  • Hitesh Oberoi, Co-founder and CEO, Info Edge India

The agenda of the event will be as below
1:30 - 1:45 PM: Registration
2:00 - 2:30 PM: Opening Address by Rajan Anandan, MD and VP, Google India
2:30 - 3:00 PM: Keynote Address by Karthik Reddy : MD, Blume Ventures
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Product Demos from Technology Startups
4:00 - 4:15 PM: Tea Break
4:15 - 5:00 PM: Elevator Pitch by Student Teams
5:00 - 5:30 PM: Keynote Address by Hitesh Oberoi : Co-founder and CEO, Info Edge India
5:30 - 6:00 PM: Spotlight - Know the Stars

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September 25, 2012

Celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship with the new Google for Entrepreneurs

[Cross-posted from the Google Official Blog]

Startups and entrepreneurs have the power to build technologies and creative solutions that transform the world and move us forward. Innovation is happening everywhere: There are approximately 400 million entrepreneurs across 54 countries, and 69 million early-stage entrepreneurs offering new products and services. As Google turns 14 this month, we’re celebrating this creative spirit and officially launching Google for Entrepreneurs, the umbrella for our several dozen programs and partnerships around the world that support startups and entrepreneurs.

Our focus is threefold:

  1. Partnerships with strong organizations that serve entrepreneurs in local communities
  2. Google-led programs to bring our teams and our tools directly to entrepreneurs
  3. Placing relevant Google tools in the hands of startups as they are getting off the ground and ready to scale
We’re already on a roll, with current projects ranging from support for the annual journey of entrepreneurship through India by train, to partnering with a number of accelerator and incubator programs around the world, like iHub in Kenya and Le Camping in France. And, this week, we’re rolling out our newest partnership: teaming up with Women 2.0 to bring their Founder Friday events to more cities. These events bring together current and aspiring female entrepreneurs once a month to connect with mentors and one another to build community. We’re partnering to launch Founder Fridays in Detroit, New Orleans, Sao Paulo and Moscow over the next year.

To celebrate both our birthday and the spirit of entrepreneurship that’s helped get us where we are today, we are hosting our first annual Google for Entrepreneurs Week, which will bring together more than 3,000 entrepreneurs and Googlers around the world. We kicked off over the weekend with a Startup Weekend event hosted at the Google Ventures Startup Lab in Mountain View, Calif., where Bay Area entrepreneurs came together to create their own startups in 54 hours. Over the course of the next week, Googlers in 28 cities across 13 countries will be hosting an event in their communities to bring their passion and expertise to local entrepreneurs. We’re teaming with a number of partners to make this happen, including the Idea Village in New Orleans, Communitech in Waterloo, Tetuan Valley in Wroclaw, the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg and the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce in Iowa.

For more on these existing programs and to stay connected on upcoming events, visit and follow us on G+.

Posted by Mary Grove, Head of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach

September 19, 2012

India Site Clinic, Part 1

Thank you webmasters for your overwhelming response to the Google India Site Clinic initiative. The sites submitted covered 12 diverse categories, making this an excellent sample set for our analysis. As we analyzed the sites we were able to identify a few trends where we’d like to help Indian webmasters improve. So in this post we will address one of the most pressing concerns for a webmaster at this point in time: should a webmaster invest in a smartphone-optimized presence.

30% of the world’s smartphone users live in India and China (source)

India is one of the leading mobile markets worldwide. The nation has 919.2 million mobile subscribers as of March 2012 (TRAI, May 2012), which is 75% of the population. 65% of mobile subscribers are urban dwellers.

So why would your website benefit from having a mobile presence? Time for some colorful graphs and revealing statistics. The following statistics are derived from Surveys were conducted over 2 phases (March - July 2011 and January - March 2012) and 1000 sample users (across all age groups and gender) were surveyed for each of the phases.

78% of smartphone users visit a search engine on a daily basis.


Now let’s have a look at how the smartphone user spends his time on the Internet.


The graph indicates that 32% of surveyed users used online/mobile shopping coupons, 56% of them downloaded content, and at least 40% of them collectively spent time searching for restaurants/pubs, jobs, travel/holidays or reading news and magazines. Every site submitted for review to our Site Clinic fits one or more of the activities above so for these sites, a smartphone-friendly website might provide advantages to its users.

Good Mobile User Experience

For example, when a friend recommends a website he liked, your first reaction might be to check it on your smartphone as it may be some time before you get access to a desktop or laptop. If you aren’t able to read the content on the site or if the site doesn’t render properly on your mobile, you may be disappointed and might even forget about checking the site later on. Hence, a good user experience on mobile is very important.

Here is an example of the difference a mobile site can make:

Example site:

These are a few simple things that have changed in the mobile version of the site:
  1. Text is legible without zooming or panning
  2. Links and buttons can be easily tapped with a thumb
  3. Search functionality is accessible through use of a button

Is your site mobile-friendly?
To check how your site renders on a mobile phone you can simply check on your phone and see how your site looks. For a deeper analysis we recommend use of the GoMoMeter.

Now that you’ve had a look, let’s go through the steps to provide a great mobile experience to your users.

Building a smartphone optimized site

Google supports three configurations

  1. Sites can use responsive web design, i.e., sites serve all devices on the same set of URLs, with each URL serving the same HTML and using just CSS to change how the page is rendered on the device. This is Google's recommended configuration.
  2. Sites can dynamically serve all devices on the same set of URLs, but each URL serves different HTML (and CSS) depending on whether the user-agent is a desktop or a mobile device.
  3. Sites can have separate mobile and desktop URLs.

We recommend using responsive design because using a single URL makes it easier for your users to interact with, share and link to your content. It also helps Google's algorithms to assign indexing properties to the content. Redirection will not be needed for users to get to the device-optimized view, which reduces loading time. For detailed analysis of this and other approaches, please see our developers page for building smartphone-friendly sites.

We hope this post got you thinking about your site in the mobile space. Look forward to the next post in this site clinic series where we’ll address another interesting trend.

Posted by The Google Search Quality Team

September 14, 2012

Google Maps shows how we spent summer 2012

[Cross posted from the Google Official Blog]

In the blink of an eye, summer is coming to an end. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was planning out all my summer activities as I eagerly awaited the start of long, sunny days and warm nights.

Before we approach the official end of summer on September 21, our Google Maps team thought it’d be fun to see how those of us in the Northern Hemisphere have spent the dog days. To do this, we reviewed the summer search activity on in several countries between the end of May and the beginning of September. Within each country, a look at some of the top-rising searches and the often-searched landmarks on Google Maps gives us a sense of how people around the world spent their summers.

We’re honored that people rely on the comprehensive and accurate imagery in Google Maps to research, plan, preview and digitally experience distant as well as local destinations across the globe. Take a look and click through for a larger image:

North Americans sought out the best local beaches to help cool off from the summer heat. In comparison, many more people from Spain, Italy and France searched for community swimming pools. In cooler areas of the U.K. the rising Google Maps searches included many indoor activities such as squash, bars and going to the gym. And, as expected, travel was a clear choice for the summer, as indicated by a surge in searches for lodging in almost every region.

Many popular destination searches were located outdoors. National parks and Hawaiian islands were the most popular searches in the U.S., while local parks, zoos, gardens and playgrounds topped Canada’s and Europe’s list. Major landmarks such as the Empire State Building in New York City, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Taj Mahal in India also topped the list of often-searched places in Google Maps. And of course, with the Summer Games drawing in international audiences, Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadium were two of the most searched for locations throughout the U.K. this summer.

Check out the destinations that captured people’s attention this summer and see how your interests compared to others around the world. We hope you enjoy this look back to remember the fun places we all went with Google Maps this summer, and we can’t wait to help you find your next adventure!

September 11, 2012

Google Drive: Updates for iOS and Android

[Cross posted from the Google Official Blog]

Every day, more and more people are choosing to live online and get things done in the cloud the cloud. Helping to make this experience as seamless as possible, Google Drive is one place where you can create, share and keep all your stuff. Drive is available on the web, as well as Mac, Windows and Android and iOS.

Updates for iOS
Starting today, if you’re using the Drive app on your iOS device you can also edit Google documents, just as you can with the Android app. From your iPhone or iPad, you can create a new document, edit an existing one or format text. And, just like on your computer, you’ll be able to see other people’s edits instantly as they’re made.

You’ll also notice other new improvements to the iOS Drive app. For example, you can now view Google presentations on your iPhone or iPad, including speaker notes, full-screen mode and the ability to swipe between slides. You can also create new folders, move files into folders and upload stuff (like photos and videos) from your device directly in the Drive app.

Updates for Android 
We’re also updating the Drive app for Android phones and tablets today. You can now add comments, reply to existing comments and view tables in your Google documents. And you’ll have the same new abilities to view presentations and organize your stuff as your friends with iPhones do.

More to come... 
Looking ahead, we have plenty more planned for the Drive mobile apps—including native editing and real-time collaboration for Google spreadsheets. Stay tuned.

Get Drive in the App Store for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and visit the Play Store to get the latest on your Android phone or tablet. To learn more about Google Drive, visit

Posted by Anil Sabharwal, Senior Product Manager

September 6, 2012

Easily share life on the go with the Google+ Mobile Website

Mobile sharing should be easy, and being away from your computer shouldn’t stop you from sharing the exciting moments in life. Our team has been working hard to ensure that sharing on Google+ works for you, no matter if you have a BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows phone, or any other Internet-enabled phone. Now you can post updates to the right audience, share photos, or explore interesting content on the Google+ mobile website by visiting from your mobile browser.

Photo sharing, on the go 
Surprise celebrity sightings and epic sunsets happen while you’re out and about, and Google+ lets you upload photos straight from your mobile phone so you can share experiences in real time. With Google+, you don’t need to rely on wires or cords to share your photos -- you can quickly share life as it happens with friends and family.

No data? No problem 
Access is important to us, so we wanted to make sure that you can stay up to date with Google+ via SMS if you don’t have a mobile data plan or Wi-Fi. It’s easy to enable SMS notifications the next time you’re online -- verify your phone number from the settings page (gear icon ) on the Google+ mobile website, and choose your notifications.

One simple, beautiful experience 
And to make sharing a beautiful, easy experience, we’ve given the mobile website a top to bottom visual refresh that simplifies things by making the features you love more prominent. We’ve included a common action bar on all pages so it’s easy to post updates or toggle between circles so you only see content from the people you care about. If you like something, go ahead and +1 or reshare it directly from the stream. The end result is a mobile website that lets you share the moments that matter, from any device, anywhere.

September 5, 2012

Navigation and traffic data come to Google Maps in India

More than a billion people rely on Google Maps every month to get the most accurate and reliable directions from point A to point B. We on the Google Maps team, however, know that simply calculating a route is just the beginning when it comes to helping people find their way across town or across the continent. That’s why we have worked to improve the comprehensiveness and usefulness of Google Maps through advanced features like voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and live traffic updates.

We’re excited today to announce that both of these features are now available for Google Maps users in India — one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing markets for online map services worldwide. Google Maps Navigation (Beta) is free and accessible to any smartphone user running Android 2.2 or later, and live traffic information is visible on both the mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps.

Google Maps Navigation takes advantage of your mobile Internet connection and Google’s comprehensive map data to help you plan your journeys with confidence. In India, you’ll have access to information about any of the thousands of cities, towns, roads, and points of interest that have been mapped by users in Google Map Maker. In other words, whether you’re heading to the Bengaluru airport for a business trip or visiting Agra’s world-famous Taj Mahal for a weekend of sightseeing with friends, Google Maps Navigation has you covered. Your phone will announce upcoming directions to you as you move along your route — and it will even use a friendly and familiar Indian accent if you’ve selected the Indian English locale on in your phone settings.

Of course, Google Maps Navigation is also incredibly easy to use. There is no separate app — it’s already available directly in the Android app launcher and in the Google Maps interface for users who have Google Maps for Mobile installed on their Android smartphone. (Just keep an eye out for the blue arrow, which will always point you toward navigation.) Also Google Maps Navigation takes advantage of Google’s unparalleled search expertise to find the places you care about. You can type (or even speak) the name or address of your favorite destination into the app and trust that Google will correct your spelling and get you the right result. Finally, since your Android smartphone always has access to Google’s most up-to-date map data, there’s never a need for you to work through a cumbersome manual upgrade process.

To complement the launch of Google Maps Navigation in India, Google Maps will also begin to offer live traffic information for major roads in six large Indian cities and their surrounding suburbs: Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad. As in other countries, Google’s traffic data is shown in a simple and readable color scheme — red for significant congestion, yellow for minor slow-downs, and green for free-flowing traffic — to help you analyze the traffic on your route with just a quick glance. You can view live traffic by enabling the traffic layer on or in the Google Maps app on your smartphone, or simply by visiting and entering a query like ‘traffic in hyderabad’. (If you’re using in a desktop browser, Google Maps even allows you to check “typical” traffic conditions for a particular day and time, based on our wealth of historical data.) Finally, in places where traffic data is available, Google Maps Navigation will take congestion into account to ensure that you’re always given the directions most appropriate to current conditions.

We hope that the many Google Maps users in India will enjoy these new ways to take advantage of Google’s extensive map data. The next time you’re on the subcontinent, just check the traffic, tap the blue arrow, and drive safely!

Note: While the Google Maps app itself is a free download from Google Play and Google doesn’t charge users for access to Navigation, the Google Maps app does require an Internet connection and users are responsible for any mobile data charges they incur while using the app.

September 3, 2012

Internet connects netizens with policy makers

We’re constantly inspired by the power of Internet, and how it can enable organizations and individuals to connect and communicate. Social platforms have enabled interactions between politicians and citizens. Understanding how crucial this has become in a large democracy like India, Gujarat Chief Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with people from across the world via a live Google+ Hangout for 2 hours on Friday, August 31.

The interaction was broadcast live on the CM’s YouTube channel and his Google+ page, making him the first Indian politician to debut on Google+ Hangouts, an application that facilitates group video chat with up to 10 people. The theme of the Hangout session was 'Strong and Glorious India Long Cherished by Swami Vivekananda', and the Chief Minister’s team received close to 20,000 questions over the course of 3 weeks. These questions for the hangout were submitted via the Internet and through other platforms.

The Hangout was watched live on YouTube by close to 82,000 people from 116 countries. Millions watched across other media platforms. Previously, other leaders like US President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and South African President Jacob Zuma have hosted similar Hangouts on Google+.

In the past, various governmental organizations and political parties in India, including the Ministry of External Affairs (Indian Diplomacy, MEA YouTube channel, Google+ page) , Rajya Sabha TV and the Indian National Congress have used YouTube and Google+ for citizen engagement. In addition to opening up new platforms for people to express themselves, these initiatives redefine the meaning of a democracy, where governments connect directly with its citizens.