Canadian French and 12 other new languages for Gmail

Monday, July 7, 2014 | 12:01 PM

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As any native speaker knows, each language has its own nuances. In France, I might read mon email on le week-end, but here in Canada, we prefer to read le courriel on la fin de semaine. With Google having an engineering office in Montreal and a Gmail development hub in Kitchener-Waterloo, it was only natural to make sure that both of Canada’s official languages were supported in Gmail.

Starting today, Gmail supports French (Canada) and 12 other new languages: Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu. Gmail is already available in 58 languages and we’re now bringing that total to 71—covering 94 percent of the world’s Internet population, because no matter where you’re from, language shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with the people you care about.

These 13 languages will be rolling out today in Gmail on the web and feature phone browsers, and you can try out any one of them by going to your Settings.

Oh Canada

Friday, June 27, 2014 | 4:09 PM

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As we approach the long weekend and celebrate Canadian pride and patriotism, find some inspiration from our Canadian YouTubers including YoYo Max's Canadian Flag cake, Cute Polish's red and white nail art, and of course a Canadian meat inspired recipe from Epic Meal Time.

If you are heading for the weekend Google Play Music is the only music service in Canada that lets you stream music and store your own collection online. If you are going somewhere with limited mobile data don’t worry -- albums and playlists can be pinned and kept on your phone, tablet or computer so you can listen offline. Create your own playlist, or enjoy some of our great musical talent with this Canadian Music Week Play List, Juno Award Winner Playlist, Canadian Classics Playlist and others.

Have a happy long weekend.


Proud to be a Googler

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Joining Google as a ‘Noogler’ I wondered how one voice could have an impact in such a large company. How will I be heard amongst tens of thousands of Googlers with their own ideas and opinions? During my onboarding, I started noticing that something was very different about Google. People were eager to hear your opinions and encouraged collaboration at every step. In just a few short months I made a very important realization. Google’s voice is the voice of its many Googlers.

This year, Toronto World Pride is expected to boast crowds of roughly 2 million. That’s local participants and visitors from all around the world coming together to celebrate diversity in the LGBT world community. When I sent out a note to my fellow Canadian Googlers about doing something special for World Pride, I never imagined I would end up as the marshall of this year’s Google float. Backed by the support of over 100 Googlers, along with their friends and families, we will march the parade route celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and equality.

I’m moved. Moved by the support of fellow Googlers, by the passion of this year’s Google Pride team and by the chorus of voices at Google that said ‘yes, of course we will be there.' And we're not alone. Googlers will be walking in Pride parades in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Taipei, London and many more. When the parade begins in Toronto, and we look out to the hundreds of thousands of screaming parade onlookers, I know we will stand with pride knowing that we represent a company that shares the same values of this important event.

Casting for the perfect Father’s Day gift

Friday, June 13, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Socks, tie, golf shirt. You can do better than that.  Google Trends suggest that searches for mother’s day are more popular than father’s day each year, so don’t forget to show dad how much he means to you with a little TLC .. as in “tech, love and care!”

Give Dad all the entertainment he needs with the recently launched Chromecast. Dad can cast his favourite TV shows, music and movies from Google Play, Netflix, YouTube, Songza, Sony Crackle, and Major League Baseball. Whether he’s a grill master who needs to master YouTube’s best BBQ recipes, House of Cards’ #1 fan, or a rockstar dad that wants to jam out to his favourite music on Google Play Music, Chromecast is a one-stop entertainment shop for all types of dads.

Give Dad all the entertainment he needs with the recently launched Chromecast. Dad can cast his favourite TV shows, music and movies from Google Play, Netflix, YouTube, Songza, Sony Crackle, and Major League Baseball. Whether he’s a grill master who needs to master YouTube’s best BBQ recipes, House of Cards’ #1 fan, or a rockstar dad that wants to jam out to his favourite music on Google Play Music, Chromecast is a one-stop entertainment shop for all types of dads.

And now, purchase Chromecast or $39 CAD from Google Play, Best Buy, Future Shop or Amazon and receive a $20 Google Play Gift Card.  

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Helping businesses shine with Google My Business

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 3:43 PM

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There’s one thing that lies at the heart of every business: customers. Customers are the reason why businesses flourish, and their shared passion for your craft is what makes running a business so rewarding. For many business owners, customers are more than just patrons – they’re your regulars, your advocates and your friends. In other words, they’re your people

The Internet is connecting more businesses with their people every day. However, our users tell us that finding these loyal customers can be complex and time-consuming. We believe it shouldn’t be. That’s why we are happy to introduce Google My Business – a free and easy way to find and connect with your people wherever you are.

Google My Business brings together all the ways Google can help your business shine in one place:
  • Update your business info on Search, Maps and Google+ from one place to make it easy for customers to get in touch
  • Add beautiful photos of your business and a virtual tour of your business interior to help customers see what makes your business unique
  • Connect directly with your fans and customers by sharing news, events and other important updates from your Google+ page
  • Stay on top of reviews from across the web, and respond to Google reviews
  • Understand how people find and interact with your business using custom insights and integration with AdWords Express 
  • Manage your information on-the-go with the Google My Business Android app and the iOS app (launching soon)

In addition to new businesses getting started with Google My Business, we’re also upgrading current users of Places for Business and the Google+ Dashboard to this new experience.
Businesses with a passion for everything from beautiful hand-made hats and fresh crab cakes, to the best local pale ale, are finding their people with Google.

To learn more about how you can find your people, visit
Posted by Dan Pritchett & Dennis Troper

You’re changing the world. We want to help.

Monday, June 9, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Today, we are excited to work with TechSoup Global and TechSoup Canada to bring Google for Nonprofits to Canada. Canadian Registered Charities, Canadian Federal Nonprofits, and Canadian Provincial Nonprofits can apply to join the program, which offers access to our suite of free products and tools.

Once your organisation is approved, you can get access to free Google Apps to cut IT costs and operate more efficiently, up to $10,000 a month in advertising on Google AdWords to reach more donors, and premium features for YouTube and our mapping technologies to raise awareness of your cause. We’ve also developed other online resources such as educational videos, case studies and other ways to connect with other nonprofits.


We see the impact every day of nonprofits embracing the web - it’s literally transforming the way they work. Samasource has connected women, youth and refugees to meaningful work opportunities over the internet. Kiva funds millions of dollars in loans through online donations to entrepreneurs in need. We’re also seeing this in Canada. And Ladies Learning Code is one of many organizations in Canada using web-based tools to run a network of 6,000 volunteers to host code-learning workshops all over the country.

We’re inspired and humbled by the amazing ways nonprofits are making the world a better place, and look forward to supporting the work of more nonprofits in Canada.

Binge Watchers Rejoice! Your favourite TV shows now on Google Play in Canada

Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 10:47 AM

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We brought you apps, movies, books, and most recently music .. and starting today you can watch your favourite TV shows on Google Play in Canada on any device at any time.

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Whether you’re a fan of comedy, drama or documentaries, there’s something on Google Play to suit your TV tastes. Game of Thrones, Sherlock and Mad Men are just a few of the many popular TV shows you can start watching now on Google Play starting today.

Canadians are looking to stream their favourite television shows and movies when they want... on whatever screen they want. But, there’s still nothing like watching on that big screen - so don’t forget that Chromecast is a great way to take the Google Play content on your Android, Apple phone, tablet, or computer and make it available to watch on your livingroom TV.

So binge watchers and TV junkies take note: quit surfing those TV listings…. Google Play has you covered.

Posted by Ben Serridge, Google Play Movies & TV