December 20, 2012

New in Google Currents: Scan through your favorite categories, editions and breaking news

Keeping up on the news out there can be overwhelming. That's where Google Currents comes in—an app that allows you to discover, share and read your favorite news outlets, blogs and online magazines (what we together refer to as “editions”) on your smartphone or tablet—even when you’re offline. Currents is filled with great editions like Hindustan Times, Mint, NDTV, IBNLive, ESPNCricinfo, ABP News, Dainik Jagran, Tehelka, Mid Day, and ZigWheels.

We’re revamping Currents to make it even easier to scan through all your favorite categories and specific editions with just the swipe of a finger. And, we’re using some of the technology behind Search to bring you breaking stories on those celebrity scandals, stock market updates, the next technology frontier and more.

Scan through categories
We’re now grouping editions into categories to help you keep track of your existing subscriptions and discover new ones. Check out editions related to your interests through categories like News, Entertainment, Technology, Sports, Lifestyle and more. All of your content will be grouped in these categories, accessible from a sidebar. And you can organize your editions in each category with favorites on top.

We’ve also made it easy to quickly browse through top articles from all your favorite editions in a category—just swipe horizontally. For example, if you subscribe to more than a dozen News editions, you can quickly swipe through the entire category and dive into editions with articles of interest.        

Scan through editions
We’ve also made it easier to scan headlines in a particular edition—just swipe vertically. Want to see what’s new in an edition? Just swipe through the headlines.  After you view a story we’ll mark it as read, so it’s easier to see new content each time you use Currents.

Scan through breaking stories
To help you stay up-to-date with the latest news, Google Currents now uses some of the technology behind Search to deliver the hottest breaking stories in categories such as World, Entertainment, Sports, Science and more. You’ll find new articles from hot topics that interest you, while discovering existing Currents editions you can subscribe to. Breaking stories are customized to your country and language—so we’ll only show you relevant news.

Currents optimizes editions to look great on whatever type of device you're using. Now articles shine, with larger images and layouts that are intelligently optimized for your device, whether you're on a phone or a tablet.

Back in April we expanded Google Currents internationally. Since then millions of readers around the world have downloaded Currents, reading over 700 publisher editions and tens of thousands of self-produced editions. The updated app is now available for download on Google Play and coming soon to iOS. We hope that today’s updates make keeping up with the latest news fast, easy and fun no matter where you are or what device you’re using.

Posted by Mussie Shore, Group Product Manager

December 18, 2012

YouTube in Rewind: What India was watching in 2012

It’s that time of year again to pause, rewind and remember the videos, the entertainers, and the moments that captivated you in 2012.

This year, Korean Pop music transcended boundaries and took the world by storm. But back home, YouTube viewers went mainstream in their choice of content, with Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Brown Rang song emerging as the most trending video of the year in India in 2012. Bollywood continued to rule the charts, with most watched songs and movie trailers on YouTube.

2012 has been a big year for YouTube globally and in India. Globally, users saw over 4 billion hours of video a month. Millions of creators world over are using YouTube channels to experiment with innovative forms of entertainment, explore their passions and interests, take creativity and pop culture to new levels. And we’re beginning to see amateurs filmmakers and video enthusiasts exploring their talent on YouTube in India.

2012’s top trending videos and the most subscribed channels from India, shows that YouTube has truly gone mainstream in India with million of users watching songs, their favorite TV shows and subscribing to their favorite channels. Language content is also picking up and has made its way to the top most subscribed channels.

Top trending videos in India for 2012: (Playlist)

  1. Brown Rang Full Song HD- International Villager Yo Yo Honey Singh
  2. PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V
  3. Mashallah - Song - Ek Tha Tiger - Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif
  5. Tumhi Ho Bandhu - Song Promo - Cocktail [Exclusive]
  6. Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Trailer - Film releasing November 13
  7. Jism 2 Yeh Jism Song | Sunny Leone, Arunnoday Singh, Randeep Hooda |
  8. Saans - Song - Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  9. Daaru Desi - Song Promo - Cocktail (Exclusive)
  10. Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita - Rowdy Rathore Official Full Song Video Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Mika

In addition to the top trending videos, we have also compiled the list of most subscribed channels, most watched songs, TV Shows & Movie Trailers.

Most subscribed channels in India (2012):

  1. TSeries
  2. SetIndia
  3. Yrf
  4. Erosentertainment
  5. Rajshri
  6. Teluguone
  7. SonymusicindiaSME
  8. Mtvroadies
  9. Olympic
  10. Maatv

Most watched songs 2012:

  1. Brown Rang Full Song HD- International Villager Yo Yo Honey Singh
  2. PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V
  3. Mashallah - Song - Ek Tha Tiger - Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif
  5. Jism 2 Yeh Jism Song | Sunny Leone, Arunnoday Singh, Randeep Hooda | Exclusive
  6. Saans - Song - Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  7. Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita - Rowdy Rathore Official Full Song Video Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Mika
  8. "Abhi Abhi Jism 2" Official Song  | Sunny Leone, Arunnoday Singh, Randeep Hooda
  9. Ishq Wala Love - Student Of The Year - The Official Song | HQ
  10. Challa - Song - Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Most watched TV Shows 2012:

  1. Bade Acche Lagte Hai
  2. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
  3. Kahani Comedy Circus Ki
  4. Crime Patrol
  5. Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev
  6. CID
  7. Movie Night
  8. Totally Sketch Originals
  9. Adaalat
  10. FIR

Most watched movie trailers 2012:

  1. Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Trailer - Film releasing November 13
  2. EK THA TIGER - Teaser Trailer - Salman Khan - Releasing 15th August 2012
  3. Heroine - Official Trailer - Kareena Kapoor | Arjun Rampal | Randeep Hooda
  4. Cocktail - Theatrical Trailer (Exclusive)
  5. Talaash Theatrical Trailer - Official - Starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji
  6. Khiladi 786 - Official Teaser Trailer [Exclusive]
  7. Son Of Sardaar | Official Theatrical Trailer
  8. Rowdy Rathore | Official Trailer | Akshay Kumar - Sonakshi Sinha
  9. Hate Story Uncensored Theatrical Trailer (Official) 2012
  10. Raaz 3 Official Trailer

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more exciting videos in 2013.

Posted by Manan Singhi, Manager Content partnerships, YouTube

December 17, 2012

India’s iconic Chandni Chowk market... now online!

Chandni Chowk, a market that has existed for 100+ years is now embracing the digital era with open arms. Built in the 17th century and famous for its meandering streets that house one of biggest wholesale markets, Chandni Chowk is now just a click away.

A little over a year ago, we started an initiative called India Get Your Business Online asking Indian small and medium business (SMBs) to get their businesses online. In the last 13 months since the launch of the campaign, over 150,000 websites for small and medium businesses across 7,850 cities in India have been already created along with our partner HostGator. And today, we are excited to bring India’s oldest SMB market -  Chandni Chowk online on

Those who have visited it know that this market is legendary not just in the variety of goods sold but the sheer volumes of transactions in a single day. Being online allows hundreds of small and medium businesses to spread awareness about their products to over 137 million Indian users on the Internet.

Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of IT & Communication at the launch of the initiative along with Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director, Sales & Operations, Google India
We partnered with HostGator to talk to individual business owners of almost every outlet in Chandni Chowk about the increased exposure the Internet would bring to their businesses.  Today 2500 businesses from Chandni Chowk have free websites made under the ‘India Get Your Business Online’ campaign and all of them are listed on!

Our mission is to create 500,000 websites and give small and medium businesses in India a new identity on the web and help them to make the most of the Internet economy.

India has over 47 million small medium businesses and even today only a few lakh have a website or some sort of a web presence. If you are small business owner or even startup we encourage you to explore the online platform to take your business to new levels and if you need help we are always a click away on

Meanwhile,  get a cup of chai or coffee and find all the goodies at Chandni Chowk at the click of a mouse and contact them as per your needs!

Posted by Madhukar Srivastava, Product Marketing Manager, Google India

December 6, 2012

India, shop your heart out at the ‘Great Online Shopping Festival’ on 12-12-12!

There is one thing almost everyone loves...a good bargain. And we’re bringing the best deals and discounts on the web just for you!  What are we talking about?

The ‘Great Online Shopping Festival’, a 24 hour mega shopping bonanza that promises you the best deals and discounts that you can find on the web on a single day. To make this happen, we have partnered with leading eCommerce players in the country to offer you unbeatable deals and discounts that you can find on the web on a single day. The festival will see participation from over 50 partners including leading eCommerce, local & classified, online travel sites and BFSI industry offering their best deals to customers all across India for 24 hours.

You can shop for everything from jewelry, shoes, apparel, travel packages, books, kids wear, gadgets, watches, computer accessories, health & fitness equipment, home decor products, avail of great deals on real estate and many more.

Never shopped online before? We’ve got that covered for you as well. Check out our website for some great tips and tricks for first time shoppers and learn a little more about online shopping, various methods of payments and how safe and convenient it is to shop online.

Did we forget to mention that as part of this festival, some of our partners are also offering free shipping across India! That’s not all. The participating companies will also be offering special deals for first time buyers on their websites.

We are excited to be part of this Industry wide initiative that is being organized for the first time at this scale to benefit over 137 million Internet users in the country and hope this will open the doors to many more!

The clock is ticking, get your shopping list ready as we prepare to offer you a great online shopping experience with all our partners.

Happy Shopping!

Posted By: Nitin Bawankule, Industry Director, ECommerce, Local & Media

December 4, 2012

The next billion Internet users

From 2010 to 2015, we estimate that one billion people from emerging markets will get online for the first time. While these new web users will be unlike those from developed countries in many ways, including the fact that they’ll probably access the web for the first time from a mobile device, they’ll share with the first two billion Internet users the desire to preserve and promote their culture and grow their businesses online. Yesterday we held a press event in Singapore to discuss this shifting Internet landscape and what Google is doing to support these new citizens of the web.

Nelson Mattos, Vice President of Product & Engineering for Europe and Emerging Markets, talked about efforts to make the Internet faster and cheaper to drive adoption. This includes Free Zone powered by Google, in places such as the Philippines, which provides free access to Google Search, Gmail, and Google+ on feature phones. Nelson also talked about new tools to make it easier to get more local information onto the web, including Google+ pages for businesses, and Trader, which lets SMBs post goods for sale without needing a separate website.

Lalit Katragadda, Country Head, India Product, later spoke of the need for a more visual Internet experience, like that offered by YouTube and Google+ Hangouts, and how these services will make the Internet more engaging across language and cultural barriers. He also talked about how crowdsourcing will be critical to building a web that will be relevant and useful for these new emerging market users. Google Map Maker, for example, relies on citizen cartographers to map their world, and since starting in India as a way to make better maps of the subcontinent, it has become an important part of crisis response including efforts from the United Nations.

Finally Adam Smith, Head of YouTube in Asia Pacific, discussed how online video gives emerging market users a voice and helps spread and preserve culture. Telugu content lovers no longer have to be in India to watch their favorite Tollywood films or vegetarian cooking videos. And PSY — from Korean local star to the most-watched YouTube video of all time in just six months — shows how global culture now better reflects the true diversity of the globe.

With a billion more Internet users coming online, the global marketplace for ideas will grow from two to three billion people — that means a billion more people contributing and benefiting from the world’s best ideas, talents and more. “Gangnam Style” proves that the next big global entertainment phenomenon can come from anywhere.  Next time, it might be from India’s Bollywood or Tollywood film industries. And what about the next Khan Academy? With many of the world’s best education systems located in Asia, it is a safe bet there is plenty to learn from the next billion people coming online.  

Or, it may not be entertainment or education at all  — it may be a world-changing business insight or a better way to prevent the spread of disease.   The Internet's about to get a lot larger, while at the same time bringing us all closer together.

Posted by Julian Persaud, Managing Director, Southeast Asia