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Now at Google, Facebook’s former teen-in-residence launches new social game Emojishot

Facebook’s former teen-in-residence Michael Sayman, now at Google, is back today with the launch of a new game: Emojishot, an emoji-based guessing game for iOS, built over the past ten weeks within Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120. The game, which is basically a version of charades using emoji characters, is notable because of its creator. By age 17, Sayman had launched five apps and had become Facebook’s youngest-ever employee. Best known for his hit game 4 Snaps, the developer caught Mark...
Tags: Google, Social, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Game, Tech, Google Facebook, Area 120, Michael Sayman, Lifestage, Facebook Sayman, Sayman, Emojishot, Camera Roll Players


Redefine reading practice with Rivet

Reading is one of the most important skills students will learn in their lives. After the third grade, students who have mastered reading use it to learn just about everything else. Struggling readers, on the other hand, are unlikely to catch up and four times less likely to graduate from high school. Unfortunately, 64 percent of fourth grade students in the United States perform below the proficient level in reading.Rivet is a new reading app from Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental pr...
Tags: Google, Families, Education, United States, Ai, Chromebooks, Harriet Tubman, Area 120


Google’s latest app, Rivet, uses speech processing to help kids learn to read

Rivet, a new app from Google’s in-house incubator, wants to help children struggling to read. The app hails from Area 120 — Google’s workshop for experimental projects — and includes over 2,000 free books for kids as well as an in-app assistant that can help kids when they get stuck on a word by way of advanced speech technology. For example, if the child is having difficulties with a word they can tap it to hear it pronounced or they can say it themselves out loud to be shown in the app which p...
Tags: Google, Apps, Kids, Education, Parents, Children, India, Tech, Reading, United States, Voice, Rivet, Area 120, Speech Processing, Ben Turtel, Turtel


Google launches CallJoy, a virtual customer service phone agent for small businesses

Google is combining several technologies including virtual phone numbers, audio transcriptions, automated reporting and analytics, in a new effort to help small business owners better manage their inbound phone calls. The company’s latest project from its in-house incubator is CallJoy, launching today.  Aimed at the U.S.’s 30.2 million small business owners, the system offers a low-cost customer service agent that helps block spam calls, provide callers with basic business information, and re...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Telecommunications, Google Voice, Customer Service Software, Area 120, Calljoy


Helping small business phones get smart with CallJoy

Think about how many times you’ve called a small business lately. I call local businesses near my home and office all the time—just last weekend, I was on the phone with the nearest exotic pet store to see if they had food in stock for our family's pet lizard.My team within Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental projects, conducted testing and found that small businesses receive an average of 13 phone calls every day. If you apply that average to America's 30.2 million small businesses, th...
Tags: Google, America, Austin Texas, Area 120, Calljoy


Touring Bird takes flight in 200 destinations worldwide

From booking flights to securing hotel rooms, the online travel industry has made the logistics side of travel easier than ever. But the fun part of taking a trip is experiencing and exploring new places, cultures and people—that's the part travelers remember and talk about. Yet finding exciting things to do in a given location is often much more difficult than finding a cheap flight. There are many sources of information, and not all of them are reliable, which means that hours of research can ...
Tags: Google, Barcelona, Sydney, Dubai, Athens, Bird, Tokyo, Zurich, Gaudi, Expedia, Viator, Anchorage, Area 120, Zanzibar Everything


Kormo, an app helping young job seekers find work, launches in Jakarta

I recently traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, where I met with job seekers just starting their careers. Repeatedly, they shared that finding entry-level and part-time jobs is confusing and difficult, especially when you don’t have much in the way of work experience, professional contacts or resources. To help young Indonesians connect with employers, learn new skills and build their careers, we’re bringing the Kormo app to Jakarta.  Speaking to young job seekers in Jakarta who had just spent...
Tags: Google, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Jakarta, Dhaka, Jakarta Indonesia, Area 120, Abida, Next Billion Users, Kormo, Don Sumdany, Kormo With Kormo


Helping companies improve their customer support with Chatbase

Virtual Agent: Hi there, and thank you for contacting Some Wireless Company. How can I help you today?You: My phone stopped working, so I’d like to replace it with a new one.Virtual Agent: It sounds like you’re trying to activate a new phone, is that right?You: Well, I need a replacement first. But eventually, sure.[Three minutes later...]Virtual Agent: Thank you. I’ll connect you with Sales, so they can set up your new account.You:Wait, what? I already have an account. I just need a replacement...
Tags: Google, Area 120, Chatbase, Some Wireless Company


New year, new skills: learn how to code with Grasshopper in 2019

It's the first week of January, and the ink is barely dry on those New Year’s resolutions you wrote down. Often, resolutions involve learning a new skill, so while you're in the mood to try something new, what about learning to code?Grasshopper teaches adults to learn to code through fun puzzles and quizzes. It’s just one of the many projects built within Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental projects. Over 1.6 million people have downloaded Grasshopper, and as we’ve been hearing more fee...
Tags: Google, Grasshopper, Area 120


Google-incubated AdLingo uses chatbot integration to create conversational ads

“Conversational marketing” is a phrase that I hear a lot, but when the team at AdLingo uses it, they mean something specific — namely, bringing chatbots and other conversational assistants into online advertising. The startup is part of Google’s Area 120, and co-founder and general manager Vic Fatnani said he’s worked on advertising at Google for more than a decade. “One of the things we saw happening was this paradigm shift with users and consumers going towards more of a conversational medi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Advertising Tech, Tech, Brazil, Kia, Valassis, LivePerson, Valassis Digital, Area 120, AdLingo, Vic Fatnani, Fatnani, Dario Rapisardi, Vic Fatnani Head, Stephanie Lyras Head


Google’s new site helps travelers find things to do in 20 touristy cities

I love to travel. I frequently extend my work trips to cover more ground in the cities I visit, but I often don’t have much time to plan my activities at each destination. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for tools that can help me discover things to do on these trips – so I’m glad Google’s just launched a beautiful new site to do just that. It’s called Touring Bird, and it’s the latest product from the company’s Area 120 division, which fosters employees’ side projects that they conceptuali...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Area 120


Google’s Area 120 incubator aims to improve your NYC subway commute with Pigeon

There’s a new app coming out of Google’s Area 120 incubator that could help New York City subway commuters navigate the ever-growing number of delays. While the Pigeon app is already live on the Apple App store, it currently requires an invite code to access, so I wasn’t able to try it out myself. However, the Pigeon website describes it as a way for users save their favorite routes, then get recommendations on which route to take on a given day based on delays and crowds reported by other us...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Apps, New York City, Tech, Transit, Mta, Moovit, Accel Partners, Intel Capital, Pigeon, Area 120


Grasshopper, a learn-to-code app from Google’s Area 120 incubator, goes live

Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, is today releasing its next creation: a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners called Grasshopper. At launch, the app teaches would-be coders how to write JavaScript, via short lessons on their iPhone or Android device. The goal is to get coders proficient in the basics and core concepts, so they can take the next steps in their coding education – whether that’s taking online classes, attending a bootcamp, or playing around in Grasshopper’s own online playg...
Tags: Google, Learn To Code, Programming, Mobile, Apps, Youtube, Tech, Javascript, Coding, Bangladesh, Grasshopper, Grace Hopper, Area 120


Google wants to bring Allo’s ‘smart reply’ to third-party messaging apps

It looks like Google wants to make notifications from third-party apps a little smarter. The company is reportedly working on bringing the "smart reply" feature to apps like Facebook Messenger. The post Google wants to bring Allo’s ‘smart reply’ to third-party messaging apps appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, Trends, Facebook Messenger, Reply, Android Army, Smart Reply, Area 120, Allo


Google now offering early access to Area 120’s experimental apps and creations

Many of Google's most interesting creations lately have come out of Area 120 -- the company's in-house incubator for interesting and offbeat ideas. You can now sign up for early access through a link on the department's site. The post Google now offering early access to Area 120’s experimental apps and creations appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Computing, Android Army, Area 120, Uptime


You can sign up to be the first in the world to try Google's innovative apps

Many of Google's most interesting creations lately have come out of Area 120 -- the company's in-house incubator for interesting and offbeat ideas. You can now sign up for early access through a link on the department's site. The post You can sign up to be the first in the world to try Google's innovative apps appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Computing, Android Army, Area 120, Uptime


Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR

 Google today is more formally taking the wraps off its internal incubator, Area 120, with the launch of a dedicated website, alongside the launch of one of the program’s more interesting projects to date: a way to advertise within VR. The new experiment, which is simply called Advr, involves a cube-like ad format which allows video ads to run in a 3D/VR environment. Area 120 was launched… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Advertising Tech, Advertising, Tech, Incubator, Vr, VR ads, Area 120, Advr


Google’s latest app makes it easier to book appointments at the salon

Google's Area 120 is working on another convenient app, this time for businesses who need to manage a schedule. The app also makes it easier for customers to schedule an appointment online or through an app. The post Google’s latest app makes it easier to book appointments at the salon appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Trends, Web, Appointments, Android Army, Area 120


Appointments is the latest app from Google’s internal incubator, Area 120

 Google’s internal startup incubator, Area 120, unveiled last year, has to date led to the creation of a number of projects, including a personal stylist app Tailor, a voice messenger Supersonic, and most recently, an app for watching YouTube videos together called Uptime. We’ve now spotted another app in development over there called Appointments, a salon booking tool.… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Apps, Tech, Appointments, Area 120


Google’s Area 120 releases yet another app, and this one turns speech into emojis

Meet Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger -- it's a mouthful but chock full of fun, as the real-time voice messaging app not only transcribes your speech into text to send to your friends, but also turns some of your words into emojis. The post Google’s Area 120 releases yet another app, and this one turns speech into emojis appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, Trends, Social Media, Area 120, Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger


Google’s New Uptime App Turns Video Viewing Into a Group Experience

Google’s Area 120, an experimental R&D unit tasked with turning left field ideas from Google engineers into actual products, has released a new app that makes it possible to watch YouTube videos with friends. Uptime, as the app is called, includes chat functionality and emoji, and is best suited for vertical video viewing. Uptime is currently... Read more »
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Digital, Area 120


Google has a plan to stop its top talent jumping ship

Google is thought to be planning the launch of an in-house startup incubator to encourage employees to develop their ideas within the company. The scheme would allow workers to pitch their ideas, receive funding, and even work full-time on their project. The post Google has a plan to stop its top talent jumping ship appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Startups, Trends, Startup, Web, Incubator, Cool Tech, Area 120