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India is going mobile. Every month, more than 6 million people are accessing the Internet for the very first time, through their mobile device. The phone is your window to the outside world, and soon your phone could be your window to the Prime Minister’s Office.

We share Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of innovation, aspiration and connectivity. That’s why we’re so happy to be supporting MyGov in a first of a kind competition as part of the Digital India program to create an app for the Prime Minister’s Office, which PM Modi announced over the weekend:

Rather than tell people what app they should use to engage with the government, the competition will give people a chance to say what they want from an app and India’s immensely talented developers an opportunity to build it. And we’ll provide some guidance and mentoring along the way.

The contest - more info here - will start rolling out now through three phases:
  1. Starting right now and running through March 12th, anyone with an idea on what features an app from the Prime Minister’s Office should include can share it, and vote on other people’s ideas, on www.mygov.in (you’ll need to create an account to get started)
  2. Once all the ideas are in, teams of developers will then be invited to submit rough blueprints (wireframes) for how they would build an app for the Prime Minister’s Office
  3. Out of all the entrants, the five developer teams with the best designs will be invited to build an app - with some mentoring from Googlers - and the winning app, as chosen by an independent jury, will become the official app of the Prime Minister’s Office

india.giv.in-(649x290).jpgIndia’s move from 300 to 500 million people online will reshape everything, including the government-citizen relationship. Already 50 per cent of India’s Internet users are mobile only. No country has built their Internet on that computing platform, in those numbers, at such a pace. In a time of such rapid, exhilarating change, no one person can claim to know the best tools the government can offer its citizens. But, as a group, we probably do know the answer. That’s the insight that lies behind democracy in the first place.

Posted by Chetan Krishnaswamy, Country Head - Public Policy, Google India

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We all love apps, but what do they really do for Japan other than brighten our long train commutes? To get a clearer picture, we asked Nomura Research Institute to look into how the Internet in Japan, and especially the mobile Internet, has changed the world’s third largest economy over the past five years.

In their study, released today in Tokyo, Nomura found that the ‘App Economy’ — basically, the economic activity of businesses built on apps for smartphones — has been almost doubling (90%) in size every year since 2011. It contributed 8.2 billion USD to Japan’s GDP in 2014, and it’s not expected to slow down anytime soon.

More impressive for an industry that didn’t exist a decade ago, is that the App Economy has already created, directly or indirectly, more than half a million new jobs for people in Japan. For the sake of comparison, that's about a third as many people with jobs in this new sector as there are people in Japan working in agriculture and forestry (Dec 2014 stats). And that doesn’t even include those working to expand existing e-commerce businesses onto mobile.

While these are all promising figures, it’s not time to celebrate yet. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us in Japan to create the right environment for the App Economy to take off as much as it has in some other parts of the world. But it is good to know that we’re on the right track.

So the next time you’re on the train, passing the time with your new favorite app, take a minute to look around. The person sitting next to you may just be one of these half a million people in Japan with a great new job.

Posted by Marie Onga, Public Policy Analyst, Google Japan

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ဟုတ်ပါတယ်၊ အခုအင်္ဂလိပ်လိုဖြစ်နေတယ်။ တစ်ချက်လောက် Page ကို ဆွဲချကြည့်လိုက်ပါ။ မြန်မာလိုပဲ ပြောပါ့မယ်လို့ ကိုယ်ကတိပေးပါတယ်။

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To: ThePeopleofMyanmar@gmail.com
From: Gmail@gmail.com
Subject: မင်္ဂလာပါ

Hi Myanmar,

This is Gmail.

I just wanted to let you know that I can finally speak the language of the Golden Land. If you head up to the settings button in Gmail you’ll be able to select the Myanmar language from the drop down menu. Once you turn it on, you’ll be saying မင်္ဂလာပါ to your friends in no time.
As someone who speaks 74 languages, I always enjoy the challenge of learning a new one. But let me tell you, getting my fonts around Myanmar's gracious script and penchant for connecting words was a whole new ball game.

One of reasons I’ve been able to learn as many languages as I have, is that I’m a big supporter of open standards, so Gmail is optimized for UNICODE fonts like Myanmar 3, Padauk and Tharlon. And because there are a couple of different ways you can type Myanmar, there are two virtual keyboards to choose from when typing in Gmail— this is super handy for emails on the go from your mobile.
With so many people in Myanmar coming online for the first time, it’s important that everybody can access information that’s relevant and useful. What good is the web if if you can’t understand anything on there, right?! So, since launching google.com.mm back in 2013, the folks at Google have been working to bring more products to the Golden Land.

You may have seen that Google Translate launched in Myanmar a few months back. It’s still in alpha, which means it’s not perfect, but we’re working hard to make it better.  Because our translation system learns from data on the web, the best way to improve the quality of translations is to get more translated content online.

That's where you come in.

If you speak Myanmar and would like to see better translations on the web here are a few things you can do:
  • When you spot a translation that you’d like to edit, click the "Improve this translation" pencil icon and click "Contribute" to submit your suggestion to us.
  • Join the Translate Community and you can make new translations and validate existing ones.
  • Or if you’re in Yangon on Saturday with a few hours to spare, join us for Myanmar’s first translate-a-thon hosted by Google. The ‘Love Your Language’ translate-a-thon is an event where you can use your language expertise to help improve the quality of Myanmar translations online for millions of Myanmar people, at home and abroad.

Well, that’s all the news from me. Better get back to practicing my မြန်မာ. I hope you like using Gmail in Myanmar!

တာ့တာဘိုင်ဘိုင်
Gmail

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မင်္ဂလာပါ မြန်မာ၊


ကိုယ်ကတော့ Gmail ပါ။ ကိုယ်မြန်မာလိုပြောတတ်ပြီလို့ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ကို သတင်းကောင်းပါးချင်လို့ပါ။


မိတ်ဆွေတို့ရဲ့ Gmail ထဲက Setting ကိုဝင် Menu ကျလာရင် မြန်မာဘာသာ (Myanmar Language (Burmese)) ကို ရွေးလိုက်ရုံနဲ့ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ရဲ့ သူငယ်ချင်းတွေကို “မင်္ဂလာပါ” လို့ အချိန်တိုတိုအတွင်းမှာ နှုတ်ခွန်းဆက်လို့ ရနေပါပြီ။

ကိုယ်က ဘာသာစကား (၇၄)မျိုးကို ပြောဆိုနိုင်တဲ့သူတစ်ယောက်ဖြစ်လို့ အသစ်အသစ်တွေကို လေ့လာဖို့ အချိန်မရွေးပါပဲ။ ဒါပေမဲ့ ကိုယ်တစ်ခုပြောချင်တာက ကျက်သရေ ရှိလှတဲ့ မြန်မာစာလုံးအချိုးအဆစ်ကို ကိုယ်ရဲ့ Font အရေးအသားနဲ့ လှပအောင် လုပ်ဆောင်ရတာ တကယ့်ကို စိတ်ခေါ်မှုအသစ်တစ်ခုပါပဲ။


ဘာသာစကားတွေကို သိတာထက် တတ်နိုင်သလောက် များများပိုသိအောင် လေ့လာနေရတဲ့ ကိုယ့်ရဲ့ရည်ရွယ်ချက်တစ်ခုကတော့ ရွေးချယ်မှုများများရရှိနိုင်ဖို့ကို အားပေးတဲ့သူ ဖြစ်လို့ပါပဲ။ အခုဆိုရင် Gmail ကိုလည်း Unicode Font အမျိုးအစားတွေ ဖြစ်တဲ့ Myanmar3၊ Padauk နဲ့ Tharlon တို့ထဲက မိတ်ဆွေတို့  စိတ်ကြိုက်တစ်ခုကို ရွေးချယ် အသုံးပြုနိုင်ပါပြီ။ ဒါ့အပြင် မြန်မာလက်ကွက်မတူညီကြတဲ့အတွက် Mobile Phone နဲ့ အသုံးပြုတဲ့အခါ လွယ်ကူစေဖို့ Screen လက်ကွက်(၂)မျိုးကိုလည်း ရွေးချယ် အသုံးပြုနိုင်အောင် Gmail မှာထည့်ပေးထားပါတယ်။


အင်တာနက်ကို အခုမှစတင်သုံးစွဲသူမိတ်ဆွေတို့အနေနဲ့လည်း မိမိတို့နဲ့ သက်ဆိုင်ပြီး အသုံးဝင်တဲ့ သတင်းအချက်အလက်တွေကို လွယ်ကူစွာရရှိနိုင်ဖို့ အရေးကြီးပါတယ်။ တကယ်လို့ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ နားမလည်တဲ့အသုံးအနှုန်းတွေများနေရင် Website တွေ ဝင်ကြည့်ပြီး ဖတ်ရတာ ကောင်းတယ် မကောင်းဘူးလို့ ဘယ်လိုပြောမလဲ၊ ဟုတ်တယ် မလား။ ဒါကြောင့် google.com.mm ကို စတင်ခဲ့တဲ့ (၂၀၁၃)ခုနှစ်ကစပြီး Google မှ ဝန်ထမ်းတွေက Google နဲ့ ဆိုင်တဲ့ Product တွေကို မြန်မာပြည်အတွက် ကြိုးစားထုတ်လုပ်လျှက်ရှိပါတယ်။

Google Translate ကို မြန်မာနိုင်ငံမှာ လွန်ခဲ့တဲ့ လအနည်းငယ်က စတင်မိတ်ဆက်လိုက်တာ မိတ်ဆွေတို့လည်း သတိထားမိမှာပါ။ Google Translate ဟာ မြန်မာဘာသာ စကားနဲ့ ပတ်သတ်ပြီး “ကကြီး၊ ခကွေး” အဆင့်သာ ဖြစ်နေသေးတဲ့အတွက် ပိုမို ကောင်းမွန်အောင် အစွမ်းကုန်ကြိုးစားပေးနေပါတယ်။ ကိုယ်တို့ရဲ့ ဘာသာပြန် စနစ်ဟာ Website တွေမှာရှိတဲ့ အကြောင်းအရာတွေကို အခြေခံပြီး ဘာသာပြန်ဆိုရတာမို့လို့ မြန်မာဘာသာပြန်ဆိုမှု အရည်အသွေး ပိုမိုတိုးတက်လာနိုင်ဖို့အတွက် မြန်မာဘာသာပြန်ထားသော အကြောင်းအရာများများ online ပေါ်သို့ရောက်နေဖို့ လိုအပ်ပါတယ်။


ဒီနေရာမှာ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ အကူအညီ လိုအပ်လာပါပြီ။ Website တွေထဲမှာ မြန်မာလိုဘာသာပြန်ဆိုကြည့်ရှုတဲ့အခါ ပိုမိုတိကျမှန်ကန်တဲ့ ဘာသာပြန်ဆိုမှု ရရှိဖို့အတွက် အောက်ပါအချက်အလက်အတိုင်း မိတ်ဆွေတို့ ပါဝင်ကူညီ နိုင်ပါတယ်။


• မြန်မာဘာသာပြန်ကို မိတ်ဆွေတို့ ပြင်ဆင်လိုပါက ခဲတံပုံ သင်္ကေတ (Pencil Icon) ကို  နှိပ်ပြီး "Improve this translation" ကို ရွေးချယ်၊ "Contribute" ကို နှိပ်၍ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ အကြံပြုနိုင်ပါတယ်။


• ဘာသာပြန်ဆိုမှုအသိုင်းအဝိုင်းထဲသို့ ဝင်ရောက်ပြီး  ဘာသာပြန်ဆိုမှုအသစ်များနဲ့ ရှိပြီးသား ဘာသာပြန်ဆိုမှုများကို ပိုမိုကောင်းမွန်အောင် ပြင်ဆင်နိုင်ပါတယ်။


• မိတ်ဆွေတို့အချိန်ပေးနိုင်ရင် လာမယ့်စနေနေ့၊ ရန်ကုန်မှာပထမဦးဆုံးကျင်းပမယ့် Google ရဲ့ "Love your language" Translate-a-thon ပွဲကို လာရောက်ဖို့ ဖိတ်ခေါ်ပါတယ်။ အဲ့ဒီပွဲဟာ Internet ပေါ်ရှိ မြန်မာဘာသာပြန်အရည်အသွေး ပိုမိုတိုးတက်အောင်  ပြုလုပ်ပေးနိုင်မယ့် ပွဲတစ်ခုပဲဖြစ်ပါတယ်။


ကဲ ကိုယ့်ဆီက သတင်းကောင်းကတော့ ဒါပါပဲ။ အခုတော့ ကိုယ်မြန်မာစာ ပြေးလေ့လာလိုက်ဦးမယ်။ Gmail ကို မြန်မာလို အသုံးပြုရလို့ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ ကျေနပ်မယ်လို့ ကိုယ်မျှော်လင့်ပါတယ်။


တာ့တာ ဘိုင့်ဘိုင်

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The Chinese Year of the 羊 (“yáng”) starts on Thursday and still it seems like English speakers are debating whether to call it the year of the “sheep” or “goat,” with some rearing their head occasionally to make the case for “ram.” The confusion’s understandable. In Chinese the single character 羊 can be combined with the character 山, or mountain, to specify “goat”, or 綿 to specify “sheep.” We thought the conundrum might have been on your minds because, well, autocomplete:



The press has been wrestling with the horns of this dilemma. Some point to traditional Chinese herders’ rearing of goats to argue against sheep. On the other hand, celebrating the year of the sheep serves as a great excuse to buy absurdly cute merchandise.

Do the Internet’s users have a preference? We looked at the worldwide volume of Google searches for the phrases “year of the sheep”, versus “year of the goat” and “year of the ram”:

At first glance, it appears that in English at least, sheep bleat the loudest. Over the past week though, as anticipation for the holiday grew, searches for “year of the sheep” and “year of the goat” have been neck and neck:
Maybe there's a regional-differences story here? The Philippines had the highest search levels for “year of the sheep,” while the phrase “year of the ram” is used most commonly in India, followed by Canada and the U.S. “Year of the goat” was popular again in the Philippines, then Australia.

What is it about sheep/goats that the Philippines loves so much?

But let’s not wander too far from the pen: let’s take a look at how Chinese speakers search. For starters, comparing the Chinese word for goat 山羊 to sheep 綿羊 shows clearly that the goat is the king of the hill for Chinese speakers:

Searches for 山羊 (goat) have been rising all through 2014, and the related searches for the single character 羊 in English are mostly for “goat.” But therein lies an issue. That same result also shows that it’s not searches about the zodiac driving this—it’s one goat in particular, called Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf:


The Chinese children’s show Pleasant Goat is a huge hit among Chinese-speaking children worldwide. And to add to the confusion, the white fluffiness of Pleasant Goat suggests it is more of a sheep than a goat, at least to this Googler’s eyes...

Is Pleasant a goat in sheep’s clothing? Does this ambiguity extend to the very definition of what a sheep or a goat is to Chinese speakers? At the end of the day, does it really matter? Baa.

What does matter is that you and yours have a happy, healthy, and prosperous Year of the ____. 恭祝您羊年快樂,喜氣洋洋!

Posted by Joyce Hau, Communications Senior Associate, Google Asia Pacific

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In the Philippines, it’s not always easy to get a great smartphone at a low price. We’re hoping to help change that by working with leading partners Cherry Mobile and MyPhone to bring Android One smartphones to the Philippines.

These phones — the Cherry One and MyPhone Uno — will go on sale in the coming weeks, offering affordable phones with the latest version of Android (Lollipop), the fastest, most responsive Android experience ever.
Lollipop includes a battery saver feature, Google’s new material design look and feel and quick settings to conserve data. And these phones have great hardware features, including front- and rear-facing cameras, dual SIM slots and a microSD card slot for additional storage.

To help people in the Philippines save money on data, these phones will also include features such as Chrome browser data compression and YouTube Offline. And with the launch, our connectivity partners will be offering promotional plans to people who buy Android One’s that will help reduce costs for over-the-air (OTA) updates and app downloads from Google Play.

The Philippines is the sixth country to get Android One, but don’t worry, there are more on the way — stay tuned!

Posted by Caesar Sengupta, Google Vice President of Product Management

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Cricket fans rejoice: the ICC Cricket World Cup is here again! Can the all-round prowess of the South Africans put aside the “chokers” tag? Or will the Lankan lions roar again after almost two decades? Indian fans will follow every move of the team’s attempts to bring the cup back home, while red-hot Australia and New Zealand will be keen to exploit home turf advantage.

We know how exciting the next few weeks are for you, and we have a bunch of fun experiences lined up on Google.

Scores faster than Lee or Akhtar
Over the next two months and 49 matches, a simple Google search for [cricket] will be your quickest source for the latest scores and team schedules. Stay tuned to the action anytime, anywhere.

Get instant scores and match schedules when you search [cricket] on Google


You can also stay updated on your favorite teams in the Google app with Now cards so you don’t even have to search. Download the ESPN Cricinfo app onto your Android phone, and you’ll start seeing Cricinfo’s Now cards pop up in the Google app.

Take the tournament’s pulse with Google Trends
Millions of fans will be searching on Google for noteworthy moments of the tournament, from the Duckworth-Lewis method to Virat Kohli’s hairstyle. Get into the conversation about what other cricket fans are buzzing about with Google Trends throughout the tournament—visit g.co/CricketTrends, or follow us on Google Australia's Twitter and Google+, or on Google India’s Twitter and Google+.


Real fans paint their face
Even if you can’t watch the games live, you can still show your support by painting your face like a true cricket fan— without ever getting your hands dirty. Take a photo of yourself and up to four friends who’d like their faces painted and upload it to Google+ with hashtag #PaintIndia, #PaintSriLanka, or #PaintAustralia...you get the idea (see details at g.co/CricketFacePaint). After uploading and tagging your photo, refresh the page to see the effect.

You can add the hashtag #CWC15Fans and publicly share your photo on Google+ for a chance to be shown on ICC’s official website. If you also add the hashtag #CastrolCheerForTheCup to a publicly shared photo on Google+, it might land on the big screen during the actual games for millions of viewers to see.

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Look fierce: paint your face digitally with Google

And last but not least, keep an eye out for special doodles during the tournament, as well as Hangouts on Air with cricketers and commentators. We will post about the Hangouts on +Google India over the coming weeks.

Have a blast following great cricket, and may the best team win!


Posted by Varun Sud, Product Marketing Manager, Google India

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A lot of people play music on their phones. But what about using those phones to make music?

Over in Tokyo, the Google Japan team gave it a go — stringing together 300 smartphones and tablets with 300 different Androidify characters singing the same song using only the device speakers. We call it “Android Chorus.”

If you happen to be in Tokyo, you can see the chorus perform from Thursday, February 12 to Sunday, February 15 at Omotesando Hills. Here’s a quick taste of the show:

300 different characters singing in perfect harmony is just another illustration of how Android is about being together not the same.

Posted by Yuko Akiyama, Head of Device Marketing, Google Japan