Although Google is synonymous to search engine, it is not just that. There are other Google applications currently available such as Google Maps, Google Docs, and Google Calendar etc. However, there are several more Google applications that you may not have heard of or used. In this article, we’ve covered 5 such useful Google applications for you…
1. Google Keep
Google Keep is a note-taking service launched way back in 2013 to help people online to take notes. The app offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including: texts, lists, images and audio. Users can set reminders, which are integrated with Google Now, with options for time or location. Text from images can be extracted using optical character recognition technology. Voice recordings created through Keep are automatically transcribed. Keep can convert text notes into checklists. Users can choose between a single-column view and a multi-column view. Notes can be color-coded, with options for: white, red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue or gray. Users can press a “Copy to Google Doc” button that automatically copies all text into a new Google Docs document. Users can create notes and lists by voice. Notes can be categorized using labels, with a list of labels in the app’s navigation bar.
Google ended support for the Google Keep Chrome app in February 2021, though Google Keep itself will continue to be accessible though other apps and directly in web browsers.
2. Google Earth
Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of the earth based primarily on satellite imagery. The program maps the earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe. In other words, it allows users to call up on their computer screens detailed satellite images of most locations on Earth. These maps can be combined with various overlays such as street names, weather patterns, crime statistics, coffee-shop locations, real-estate prices, population densities, and so forth supplied by other companies and individuals.
3. Google Sky Maps
Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device. It is the space version of Google’s Earth application. It allows users to view a set of images from space. Rather than browsing across town in Google Earth, user can peruse the “street-view” of the universe, visiting planets and space objects far off in the galaxy.
4. Google Lens
Google Lens is an AI-powered technology that uses your smartphone camera and deep machine learning to not only detect an object in front of the camera lens, but understand it and offer actions such as scanning, translation, shopping, and more. It will recognize restaurants, clubs, cafes, and bars, too, presenting you with a pop-up window showing reviews, address details and opening times.
5. Google Slides
With Google Slides, you can build presentations right in your web browser, no special software is required. It serves as a collaborative tool for cooperative editing of presentations in real-time. Presentations can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users simultaneously and users can see slide-by-slide and character-by-character changes as other collaborators make edits. Changes are automatically saved to Google’s servers and a revision history is automatically kept and users have the option of reverting to previous versions.
Some of the apps come pre-installed on your phone. So, all you need to do is, update the app when there’s a newer version available. You can enable the auto-update feature to keep your apps updated all the time.