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Google Maps: Motorcycle Mode
In much of the world, motorcycles and scooters are the transportation mode of choice. They’re more affordable than cars and can navigate through tight spots with ease. Though Google Maps wasn’t originally designed with motorbikes in mind, two-wheeler mode launched in 2018. Custom voice navigation, special routes and landmarks all help riders on their way.
Access to a camera is one of the biggest reasons people buy a smartphone. But on many entry-level devices, the built-in camera can produce low-quality photos. Camera Go provides a rich photo experience on any device, with features like "night mode" which captures high-quality photos in low light. Its simple interface is designed for first-time users.
"I like Files app because it does the work of two apps. We can share any apps or files. The files will also be sorted and it will be clean."
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Around the world, people use mobile devices that have limited storage. And every day, as people add the latest app, take another photo, or download the latest video, they see an unwelcome message: “Insufficient storage.” The Files app, with over 200 million users worldwide, is designed to help people make the most of the limited storage on their devices.
Even as using the internet has become more familiar, mobile payments are still limited in many parts of the world. Google Pay focused on the growing need to send and receive money digitally, in a way that's simple, safe and convenient. In doing so, Google Pay became a key player in mobile payments in India.
If you can’t read or write, the world is an intimidating place. Everyday activities like shopping or banking can be challenging and overwhelming – but that’s the reality for 800 million adults. Google Lens allows people to point their phone’s camera at written text, like a sign or package instructions, and have that text read aloud in their chosen language.
In Indonesia, some job seekers call themselves “brown envelope warriors,” a nod to the envelopes they carry to deliver CVs. In Jakarta, job seekers told us that schedules and traffic congestion make it hard to drop off CVs in employer boxes, and many never hear back on their candidacy. Yet finding work to support their livelihoods is critical. Kormo Jobs was built to give people in Indonesia, India and Bangladesh a safe and accessible way to find entry-level jobs.
A voice-based virtual assistant can be especially useful for people who struggle to read and write, but often depends on reliable internet access. Phone Line, introduced in India, lets users bypass the internet and dial a toll-free number to ask the Google Assistant anything – from traffic conditions to help with homework.
Literacy is a key driver of economic progress, yet the UN estimates that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide do not have minimum reading proficiency. Read Along uses Google’s speech-recognition technology to help children improve their skills by providing verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud. It’s available in more than 180 countries and works without the internet.
Our Gender Equity research looked at whether women in seven countries could find, create and share relevant content online — and found several content gaps. In the Philippines, YouTube and several partners launched Digiskarteng Pinay. The project’s mission is to empower women by connecting them with content that can help them enrich their livelihoods.
Grow with Google
Now more than ever, digital skills can help people find the jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses. Grow with Google provides free training and tools, as well as certification on topics like the basics of code and bringing your business online. Since 2017, the initiative has trained millions of people worldwide.