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#YouTubeRewind: Celebrating what you created, watched and shared in 2015
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Kiwis went crazy for karaoke, pop and talent contests in 2016
2016 was a year of challenge and triumph. You
you caught ‘em all
you got a baby to clean the house
Now 2016 is coming to an end, you know what that means…. It’s time for #YouTubeRewind!
This year, more than 200 YouTube stars from 18 countries accepted our Ultimate 2016 Rewind Challenge to pay homage to the biggest videos, memes, channels, songs, and pop culture moments of the year. Keep an eye out for some pretty epic surprise guests.
Feel like a YouTube expert? Take our
to see how many trends and creators you can spot.
As we look back at 2016, we replay and rejoice in the trending videos and music videos from 2016, according to time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking and more. From celebrity moments to breakdancing stormtroopers and ukuleles
, New Zealand’s top trending videos of 2016 are a quirky mix of song, dance and laughs – representing the amazing variety of creativity shared on YouTube every day.
New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos
Kiwis loved James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke series, which made up half of our most watched videos.
Adele’s installment proved our favourite video of 2016, with artists Sia, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani (featuring George Clooney and Julia Roberts) all featuring in the top 10 list.
Homegrown talent also features high up in the list. Christchurch born comic Sam Wills, best known as ‘Tape Face’ was New Zealand’s breakout contestant in America’s Got Talent Season 11. His audition was our second most popular video for 2016.
The channels who made the top trending videos have more than
subscribers who tune in regularly to watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.
Adele Carpool Karaoke
Tape Face: Strange Act Leaves the Audience Speechless - America's Got Talent 2016 Auditions
Boogie Storm makes Simon’s dream come true! | Auditions Week 5 | Britain’s Got Talent 2016
Sia Carpool Karaoke
First Lady Michelle Obama Carpool Karaoke
Jennifer Lopez Carpool Karaoke
HUGE EGGS SURPRISE TOYS CHALLENGE Inflatable water slide Disney Cars Toys Paw Patrol Spiderman
Gwen Stefani Carpool Karaoke (w/ George Clooney & Julia Roberts)
Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2016
Ice Cube, Kevin Hart And Conan Help A Student Driver - CONAN on TBS
New Zealand’s Top Trending Music Videos
Pop dominated the most-viewed music videos for 2016, with chart toppers Fifth Harmony, The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris dominating the Kiwi charts.
Fifth Harmony - Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign
The Chainsmokers - Closer (Lyric) ft. Halsey
Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For (Official Video) ft. Rihanna
ZAYN - PILLOWTALK
twenty one pilots: Heathens (from Suicide Squad: The Album) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Major Lazer - Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) (Official Lyric Video)
Rihanna - Work (Explicit) ft. Drake
Ariana Grande - Side To Side ft. Nicki Minaj
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) (Explicit)
CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! (From DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls") (Official Video)
For more Rewind fun, check out the
Posted by Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends, and the YouTube Rewind team
Android Pay says Kia ora
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Whether you’re shopping for new summer threads or brunching at your local favourite, your Android phone will be all you need as you walk out the door. Starting today, Android Pay is available in New Zealand, helping you pay for things simply and securely with your Android smartphone.
You will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favourite shops like The Warehouse, Domino’s, BP, BurgerFuel,
. Just wake your phone and tap as you would with your card. It’s that simple. And businesses across the country with contactless terminals don't need to do anything else to be able to accept Android Pay in store.
To start using Android Pay you’ll need to
download the Android Pay app on Google Play
and have a BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card.
Android Pay keeps your card information secure by not sharing your actual card number with stores when you pay - while allowing you to continue enjoying all the rewards and benefits of your cards.
Get started with Android Pay in New Zealand today:
download the app on Google Play
, add your card and start shopping. It’s as easy as Tap. Pay. Done.
Pali Bhat, Global Head of Payments Products
Introducing Chromecast Ultra: The Fastest Chromecast Yet
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Chromecast Ultra is available in New Zealand starting today. Get ready to have stunning content served right to your living room. All that’s needed is one small addition to your current system: Chromecast Ultra. Stream content right from your phone, tablet or computer and enjoy videos and more on your big screen.
Chromecast Ultra has everything you love about Chromecast. Plus, it comes with advanced features like 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for a fuller, crisper picture as well as faster speed and Wi-Fi improvements. At first, you’ll be able to stream 4K content from Netflix and YouTube, and we’re working to make more 4K and HDR content available.
Chromecast Ultra loads videos 1.8 times faster than other Chromecast devices and includes major Wi-Fi improvements to support streams from full HD to Ultra HD without a hitch. For those tricky Wi-Fi environments, we’re also adding Ethernet support for a wired connection.
Just like the original Chromecast, you can cast all of your favorite content from thousands of apps using your phone, tablet or laptop. Mirror any content from your Android device or from a browser tab on your laptop (using Chrome) to the TV. And it comes in a small size that hides nicely behind your TV, without adding clutter to your living room.
Chromecast Ultra is available starting today for $109 from the
Posted by Mickey Kim, Director of Product Planning and Partnerships, APAC
Inspiring tomorrow’s innovators
Friday, October 21, 2016
At Google we’re always asking ourselves the question: What’s next?
In partnership with Refraction Media, we’re helping to provide inspiration to students across New Zealand through the
Careers with Code
guide to show them what’s next in the future world of work and study and how to get there.
We were thrilled to be
joined by the Minister for Innovation
, the Hon Steven Joyce, to launch the inaugural New Zealand edition of Careers with Code in front of an audience of students and educators at Kapiti College, Paraparaumu.
Computational thinking and computer science are necessary skills to prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow - from health to sustainability, agriculture to fashion.
At Google we talk about “Computer Science (CS) + X” as a driver of innovation and creativity, where X is the problem you are trying to solve, your passion or any other discipline.
You’ll find CS + X in every industry, creating breakthrough innovations like smart contact lenses to monitor blood glucose in real time alerts to your phone.
you’ll find individuals from every walk of life combining CS + X to innovate and bring creative solutions to the world. People like our cover star Sara Schaare, combining CS + Maths to create products for emerging markets that are only just coming online, or Chris Dean combining CS + Design creating special effects for film, and Miranda Emery combining CS + Music creating apps that transform your humble playlist to DJ transitions on you deck.
Sofie Claridge, 14, and Crystal D'mello, 15, of
Kapiti College's Girls' Coding Club with wearable tech at the launch of Careers with Code in New Zealand.
Careers with Code
, a magazine,
and website, shows high school students the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to. We encourage you to share this resource with the widest possible audience of students, teachers and parents - it’s not just for the tech, science or maths classes!
Help us start the conversation about the careers of the future with your community, and inspire the next generation to change the world.
Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community and Outreach Manager, Google
Say hello to Google Allo: a smarter messaging app
Friday, September 23, 2016
Whether it’s planning a night out or just catching up, we all rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. But too often we have to hit pause on our conversations — whether it’s to check the status of a flight or look up that new restaurant. So we created a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going, by providing assistance when you need it.
Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time.
Respond quickly with Smart Reply
Google Allo makes it easier for you to respond quickly and keep the conversation going, even when you’re on the go. With Smart Reply, you can respond to messages with just a tap, so you can send a quick “yup” in response to a friend asking “Are you on your way?” Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like “aww cute!” And whether you’re a “haha” or “😂” kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style.
Express yourself with photos, emojis and stickers
Chat is more than just text, so we’ve created a rich canvas for you to express yourself in Google Allo. You can make emojis and text larger or smaller in size by simply dragging the “send” button up or down. Make photos your own by scribbling on them before you send. And we’ve worked with independent artists and studios around the world to create more than 25 custom sticker packs, because sometimes a “sloth riding a pizza” says it all.
Meet your personal Google Assistant
In Google Allo you’ll also be introduced to a preview edition of the
. With your Assistant in Allo, you can have a conversation with Google — ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot. Just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. And of course, you can also chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo.
Here are just a few ways your Google Assistant can help in Google Allo:
Make plans with friends.
You can easily move from discussing dinner with friends to making plans for the night, right in your chat. Just add the Assistant to your group chat and ask for movie times, local restaurants and more. You can also research travel destinations, flights and hotels together with friends.
Get the latest info on everything from news, weather, traffic, sports, or your upcoming flights status. Ask the Assistant to send you daily updates on the information you care about.
Have some fun.
Ask your Assistant to share that funny YouTube video or play games with friends right in your group chat -- for instance you can compete to guess a movie title based on a series of emojis.
The Google Assistant is the next chapter in a journey Google has been on for many years to assist people in their everyday lives. We’re starting with a preview edition to show you just one way that your Assistant will work for you in chat. Over the coming months, your Assistant will be available in more Google products, working seamlessly throughout your day at home or on the go. The Assistant will initially be available in English, with more languages coming soon.
Chat in Incognito mode
We take privacy and security seriously in Google Allo. All chats in Google Allo are encrypted using industry standard technologies like
Transport Layer Security
(TLS). But we went a step beyond this and we created a mode within Google Allo called
(h/t Chrome). When you chat in Incognito mode, messages have end-to-end encryption and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration.
You can also message friends who aren’t yet using Google Allo through
or, for those using Android,
app preview messages
We can’t wait for you to say hello to Google Allo! We’re beginning to roll out Google Allo for
, and the app will be available worldwide in the next few days.
Posted by Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google
See more, plan less with Google Trips
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Whether you’re juggling work, school, family, or just the demands of daily life, everyone needs a little break and a new adventure once in a while.
But knowing what to do when your holiday starts can turn what’s supposed to be fun into a lot of work. You might get recommendations from friends, travel guides, or online reviews — but figuring out how to squeeze everything you want to do into a finite window of time can be stressful, especially when you’re in a new place, often with limited access to the web. In fact, a
showed that 74% of travellers feel the most stressful aspect of travel is figuring out the details.
We wanted to reduce the hassle and help travellers enjoy their hard-earned holidays. So today, we’re introducing a new mobile app to help you instantly plan each day of your trip with just a few taps of your finger:
Google Trips is a personalised tour guide in your pocket. Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food and drink, and more. The entire app is available offline — simply tap the “Download” button under each trip to save it to your phone.
Choose your own adventure
For the top 200 cities in the world, Google Trips shows you a variety of day plans featuring the most popular daily itineraries. We’ve automatically assembled the most popular sights, attractions, and local gems into a full day’s tour — all based on historic visits by other travellers. Say you’re visiting Barcelona. You can choose from multiple day plans, like “Eixample District,” which maps out the can’t-miss buildings by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect.
Plan each day of your trip like magic
Everyone has different interests and time constraints. No matter how popular an itinerary is, there’s no one solution for the perfect day or the perfect trip. Google Trips can help you build your day around places you already know you want to visit.
Say your friends told you that you have to see the Sagrada Familia — and you’re looking for suggestions on things to do around that spot. Press the “+” button in the day plans tile to jump into a map view containing all the top attractions in your destination. If you’re time constrained, you can specify above the map whether you have just the morning or afternoon, versus a full day. Then simply tap and pin the Sagrada Familia to build your itinerary around it. Google Trips automatically fills in the day for you. If you want more options, tap the “magic wand” button for more nearby sights. You can pin new spots, and if you want even more, each tap of the “magic wand” instantly gives you a new itinerary with updated nearby attractions like Palau Macaya or Parc del Guinardo, so you can build your own custom itinerary in minutes while munching on your morning churro.
All your travel info, all in one place
Keeping track of all your flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations when you travel can be tough. With Google Trips, all your reservations are automatically gathered from Gmail and organised into individual trips, so you don’t have to search and dig up those emails. They’re waiting for you within the reservations tile, even without WiFi.
Holidays are a chance to recharge and experience new places and cultures. For your next trip, let us help you see the sights, without all the hassle. Google Trips, available now on
, has you covered from departure to return.
Posted by Stefan Frank, Product Manager, Google Trips
Explore the natural world with Google Arts & Culture
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Many millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth and giant sea creatures were not just Hollywood creations, but fearsome predators that stalked the oceans.
It’s a world that vanished long ago, but one that continues to fascinate those seeking to understand the origins of life on our planet.
To allow anyone, anywhere to explore this world, we’ve partnered with more than 50 of the world’s leading natural history institutions and scientists to bring this lost world to life again online. From today, you’ll now be able to browse through more than 150 interactive stories, 300,000 new photos and videos and more than 30 virtual tours on Google Arts & Culture, exploring the beautiful, the dangerous and the endangered.
You can go behind the scenes at the Australian Museum, look at a book in the Queensland Museum that has pictures of creatures drawn by Europeans nearly 500 years ago, and meet Sweetheart, a 5.1m saltwater crocodile at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and study a kiwi up close at the Auckland Museum.
With just a few clicks on
Google Arts & Culture
, you can come face to face with a 180 million year old giant, as virtual reality raises the colossal sea dragon from extinction.
Discovered in Dorset in the UK and residing at London’s Natural History Museum. the
— to give it its formal name — can now be explored in 360 degrees. We also used VR to bring the
back to life in Berlin’s natural history museum. Standing at 13 meters (42 feet), it’s one of the tallest dinosaurs that ever lived. It was twice as tall as today’s giraffes, and could easily put its head through a fourth floor window.
We worked with ecologists, paleontologists and biologists to put virtual skin and flesh on the preserved skeletons. From the size of the eye to the position of the snout and the bend of the neck, the texture and creases of the skin were all painstakingly recreated, and verified by a team of scientists. For the best experience, use a viewer like Google Cardboard to look the beast in the eye.
As well as the VR experiences, we’ve added plenty more artifacts and features for experts and armchair explorers alike:
Incredible images of
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
View the awesome
exhibition at the
’s ancient drawings of
Sea Monks and Sea Bishops
View 3,000 species on display in
one giant cabinet
or find out how our own predecessors may have
With Street View, walk around dinosaurs in New York, explore 30+ natural history museums from
and even go underwater with turtles in
The free collection opens today at
and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app on
. And if you are a teacher, there are more than 20 new
waiting for you and your classroom to discover. We hope you enjoy this journey through the history of nature as much as we do.
Posted by Alan Noble, Director of Engineering, Google Australia
Search is a Jack of all trades
Friday, August 26, 2016
Today we’re dealing two new hands from the Google Search deck: solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Now you can play two of the oldest and most popular games for all ages, on desktop and in the Google app.
It’s been said solitaire’s roots are in fortune telling. If that’s true, today your fate rests on your quick wit and the luck of the draw. When you search for “solitaire” on Google, the familiar patience game may test yours!
If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, tic-tac-toe is your best bet. In this game of naughts and crosses, you can select your level of difficulty or even go head to head against a friend. Xs and Os to the winner (hugs and kisses, that is!).
For some other fun tips, try asking Google, “
what sound does a pig make?
” Or if you’re looking to settle a bet and feeling lucky, “
flip a coin
” may come in handy.
These are just a sample of the delightful surprises that await you on Google. After all, Search is for so much more than research and practical matters -- it’s for fun, too!
Posted by Stephen Cognetta, Associate Product Manager
Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone
Friday, August 19, 2016
Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.
Today, we’re releasing
— a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.
Google Duo works across Android and iOS — all you need is a phone number
Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.
Fast and reliable
We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.
We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called
which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.
Knock Knock in Duo lets you see who’s calling before you pick up
Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.
Give your friends a wave with Duo! We’re roll out Duo for Android and iOS today across Australia.
Posted by Justin Uberti, Principal Software Engineer
*Google YouGov Survey, July 2016, U.S., Among 18+ online population, n=1,058
Meet Gboard: Search, GIFs, emojis & more. Right from your keyboard.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Kiwi iPhone users—this one’s for you. Gboard — the new app for your iPhone that lets you search and send information, GIFs, emojis and more, right from your keyboard — is now available in New Zealand.
Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s brekky plans. They ask you for the address. Until now it’s worked like this: You leave your texting app, open Search, find the restaurant, copy the address, switch back to your texts, paste the address into a message, and finally, hit send.
Check it out here
Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that difficult. With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things—restaurant info, flight times, news articles—right from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard. Results appear as cards with the key information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings and hours. With one tap, you can send it to your friend and you keep the conversation going.
You can search for more than just Google search results. Instead of scrolling to find💃 or 👯 , search for “dancer” and find that emoji you were looking for instantly. Even better—you can search for the perfect GIF to show people how you’re really feeling.
Gboard also has Glide Typing, which lets you type words by sliding your finger from key to key instead of tapping—so everything you do is just a little bit faster.
Joining text, search and emoji suggestions, you’ll now see GIF suggestions too. Say you’ve got a reason to celebrate so you text your friend “let’s party!” — now, you’ll see a suggestion to search for relevant party GIFs with one tap.
Smart GIF suggestions
Whether you like a keyboard that blends into the background or shows your personal style, today’s update is for you. For those who like a more low-key style, in addition to the current light keyboard, we’re adding a dark keyboard so that Gboard can blend in with darker apps. We’re also introducing the ability to select a personal image from your camera roll to show behind your keyboard, so you’ll never be without your favorite picture from that trip to Crater Lake.
A personal keyboard
Gboard works in any app—messaging, email, YouTube—so you can use it anywhere on your phone.
Get it now in the App Store
Posted by Rajan Patel, Principal Engineer
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