Google is one of the most successful companies out there mostly in software, especially the internet, and now into the hardware business. The company is extremely successful and also one of the best employers from what I hear and see on the internet. Just search images of Google Headquarters on the internet.
You might not know but Google doesn’t really show off their products, services, and apps that much on the internet. That’s probably why a lot of people don’t even know that most of these products exist and that most of them are free. So what are these Google products, services, and apps that google has to offer? Let’s find out.
List of Google Products, Services, and Apps
Android Auto is like an extension of your phone to your car. The easy way to describe it is it will make your car smart. You will just need to have a car that is compatible with Android Auto or an aftermarket stereo. You will also need an Android Phone running version 5.0 (Lollipop). Once your phone is connected to your car, you can access plenty of smart services through the car interface alone. You can access services like Home, Maps, Music, Communication, Voice Actions, and Apps. I just looked at the list of compatible cars and saw that Toyota is not one of them or maybe I’m just blind.
Android Pay is the Android counterpart of Apple Pay. As most people nowadays, we use our phones in almost everything we do. With Android Pay, you can just add your credit, debit, and other card information into the app and you can start shopping in stores, apps, and online. So you can easily leave your wallet at home and not get the risk of having it stolen. Just don’t lose your phone, though.
Android Phone users all know what this is but for Apple Phone users, it’s the iOS of Android Phones. As of this writing, the latest version is now called Nougat. Funny how Google names their phone OS using sweets. They all started with the letter A but only started calling them by names when Cupcake arrived. Phones with Android OS are also way more customizable than their Apple and Windows Phones counterparts.
Android Phones are everywhere. They are basically on every phone except iPhones and Windows Phones. There are plenty of big brands out there like LG and Samsung that use Android OS for their phones. There are also less known and unknown brands of phones that use Android OS as well because they are free to develop and easily customizable.
Android Tablets are just bigger smartphones.
Smart watches are now a thing and it is what it is – a very expensive watch that can do other things. It is mostly accustomed to people who are more active either physically or always online. The great thing about these smartwatches is that you can also use them with an iPhone. You read that right – an iPhone.
We all have appointments we don’t want to forget and Google Calendar is that very intuitive and very useful app for the forgetful ones. It will help you organize your schedule better than any planner. You can just set reminders for everything and once it’s in, just sit back, relax, and wait for the reminder to pop-up. I even use one on my iPhone because it’s way better than the iPhone Calendar.
Google Cardboard is a simple and affordable way of experiencing virtual reality. All you will need is a viewer which you can easily build or buy for $15 the cheapest. To make your own, Google has these instructions which you can easily follow. Once you have the Cardboard built or bought, you can check out these compatible apps on Google Play.
The browser that everybody uses. If you’re still using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, then here’s a download link for you. It’s very customizable and very easy to use.
Google is very good when it comes to product support so here’s one for the Google Chrome. An Appstore for your web browser. Plenty of programs out there has integrated their services into Google Chrome like TeamViewer and Spotify. There’s plenty more apps available – just take a look at them here. Almost all of them are free as well.
Here’s another of those Google Products that’s been out for a while ever since laptops became a thing. They have their own operating system which is obviously called Chrome OS. They come in different brands as well like ASUS, Dell, Acer, and HP.
Got tired of putting the word Google before the Google Products so let’s start with Chromecast. Chromecast is a streaming service. It lets you stream up to 4K quality through your WiFi network. It plugs into your TV through the HDMI port and after that, you connect the Chromecast to the same WiFi network as your iPhone, iPad, Android Device, or Laptop to start streaming.
This is something you can use if you want to have your contacts stored in the cloud. This will help you not to lose them at any given time and become accessible through a web browser either on the computer or on your phone.
Daydream View is a VR headset that lets you sit comfortably on your couch all the while exploring the world just about to any place imaginable and has Google Street View. All you need aside from the VR headset is a Daydream ready phone.
These apps are like the simple yet very useful word processing applications from Google Products.
- Docs is the Microsoft Word counterpart. The best thing about Docs is that it is compatible with Microsoft Word as well. Meaning if you have a MS Word file, you can immediately open it in Docs without any conversion. It has templates as well and is capable of different styles of layouts. The best part is you never have to press save again as Docs automatically saves the file for you.
- You can also download the app on your phone or tablet and easily edit on the go. Everything will be synced so all you need to do is open the file and get started.
- If you’re working with a group, you can even share the same document and work on it at the same time.
- It also has a search capability right in the app itself so no need to open a browser and search for information or images.
- Sheets, on the other hand, is Microsoft Excel. Same as docs but more focused on spreadsheet creation.
- Slides is your Microsoft Powerpoint.
- Forms, on the other hand, has no counterpart with Microsoft Products. Forms lets you create forms to your liking whether it be a survey or just a simple yes or no question, Forms is the app you need and you can even use it on the go.
Drawings is an app on the Chrome Web Store which you can download for free to create shapes and diagrams then include them in your documents. You can build charts, layout diagrams, flow charts, and share them on the web.
Google Drive is not your average cloud storage service. It is ingeniously incorporated into Gmail – another one of those Google Products by the way. Not only Gmail but also into other apps which are almost in all apps requiring documents or backup storage. There’s a free version and then there’s a paid version. I did not opt for the paid version because I have my documents only to back-up and you get 15 GB free right off the bat. Plus I also use Dropbox and One Drive.
Google Earth is a satellite view of Earth. It’s like a million drone footage combined into one seemingly intuitive feature. It is available on any device – computers, phones, tablets, etc. With Google Earth, you can now explore the world without leaving your seat, all at the palm of your hands.
It’s all about the stock market which I have no idea about. It’s got all the news all over the stock market and if you’re into dealing with stocks, then this might prove useful for you.
This app on your phone whether iOS or Android can be of significant use. You’ve probably heard of typing on your keyboard by sliding, right? There are plenty of apps out there that let you do this but they are not free. Look no further because Gboard is here and it is free and it is full of utilities you can use right out of your phone/tablet’s keyboard.
With the Gboard you can search and send anything from Google like videos and images and much more. You can also use GIF’s right in the keyboard app and send them to your friends. It is also customizable like putting a different background behind the keyboard. You can even use your own photos.
This might not be much of a big news for Android users but for iOS – this is a game changer.
Gmail equals email. Enough said. The great thing I believe about Gmail is that it integrates with Google Drive so you can send bigger files (larger than 25 mb) through Gmail. It involves uploading the file to Google Drive first then sending a public link to the recipient instead of the file.
Google Alerts gives you the option to select a topic/subject and have Google send you alerts whether it be in the category of movies, sports, or technology. Name any topic and Google Alerts has you covered.
One of the best photo editor on your smartphone. It is very much comparable to one of Apple Store’s most sold app called Enlight. It has many features from the basic to the complex like removing freckles or pimples from the face. The best feature of all is that it is free and of unlimited use. Download one for your smartphone now.
Here’s another messaging app but this time it’s from Google! This app for your smartphone actually learns from your messaging behavior and will give you smart/quick responses to get the conversation going smoothly. It has an in-app Google Assistant so you won’t need to leave the app just to search for something like an image or video. You can even set an expiry on your messages so it disappears after a certain period of time.
Google Cast is just Chromecast built-in so you can use your phone, tablet, or laptop to stream directly to your TV or speakers. It is compatible with thousands of apps, several TV brands, and Speakers as well. I always use it with YouTube to show what I’m watching on the big screen.
Google Classroom is basically an app for schools and teachers. It aims to simplify creation and distribution and grading of assignments in a digital way. It was released back in August 12, 2014. You can only use Google Classroom though if your school uses G Suite for Education. G Suite for Education is completely free for schools so you just need to contact Google first to obtain one.
Google Cloud Print lets you print anywhere from the cloud. You can access and print from your smartphone, tablet, or PC plus also giving access to people you want. All you need to do is add your printer to Google Cloud Print whether it is a classic printer (one that connects to your laptop or PC) or Cloud Ready Printers which can directly connect to the internet and register themselves with Google Cloud Printer with or without a laptop or PC connection.
Google Duo is a Video Calling app available on the iOS and Android. The main feature they are trying to showcase is that before you answer your video call, it will show you a clip of what the call is going to be about. It will make your call much more exciting, I tell you.
Google Expeditions is another app whose purpose was mainly for educational purposes in the classroom. With this app, you can easily bring your students to a virtual tour anywhere in the world. It can help students explore the world without leaving their seat. It’s not the best and most practical way for students to learn but it will do until teleportation can be invented.
Google Express is a delivery service for nearby shops and stores which are also affiliated with Google Express. You can basically order online through the website here.
Google Fit is a fitness tracking app available only through Android Phones and Android Wear. It can track walk, run, or cycle all throughout the day. Aside from that, there’s nothing really special that I can say about it except probably that it’s from Google so plenty of compatible apps, hardware, and software for it out there.
You guessed it, Google Flights helps you book your flights easily and cheaply as well. Google Flights will let you choose your departure and arrival dates and will give you a default quote for round trip flights. It can easily be customized so that it only goes one way and you can book again some other time. It gives you a list of all the flights plus their prices ranging from the cheapest to the most expensive. The best thing about this service is that once you’ve selected dates to travel, you can track the prices if they would go down or not.
Google Fonts is a typography database which you can use to enhance the fonts on your website or even download the fonts to your computer so you can use them in whatever application you want like Microsoft Word or Photoshop and Illustrator. It is mostly about open source designer web fonts. They have thousands of fonts in their directory and at the moment they are 1,925.
Google Goggles is an Android-only app that let’s you take a photo of something, sends it through Googles database, makes a search of the image on that database and if it finds it there or something similar, information will be sent to your phone. This can help you find out what you’re looking at. Take for example a landmark that you don’t know a thing about. All you need to do is take a photo of that landmark in-app and Googles will do the search for you. It also acts as a barcode/QR scanner and before I forget, it also lets you translate a photo of a foreign language. Last thing I find fascinating is that it can solve Sudoku Puzzles.
Google Home = Amazon Echo. Just say “Ok Google” and it will start accepting commands. It is your virtual assistant in a world where everything is digital. You can ask it questions like “How’s the weather today?” or tell it to play some music for you. It’s physical color can also be accustomed to your own liking to suit your house best. It can also learn from you but you need to give it permission first which is a good thing because you don’t want them to learn the bad things about you.
Google Input Tools for Windows is an input method editor which allows users to enter text in any of the supported languages using a Latin (English / QWERTY) keyboard.”
It’s basically a typewriter with a real-time translator.
Another messaging app from Google but sadly it’s only available on Android. Nothing special here, moving on.
One Today is a service for the Philanthropists out there. It is a service that can be downloaded on your iOS or Android device where you can donate to your preferred nonprofits so you can help someone out there. It features many nonprofits all over the world where you can easily help with a press of a button.
Where you can buy Google products like phones, a streaming device, headphones, virtual realities, and other accessories.
That’s right, it’s a router. Nothing special here, moving on.
Is a note taking and keeping app for your Android and iOS phones. You can add notes, lists, photos, and audio to keep and remind you whenever you want.
This is of one of the best plug-ins for your photo editing software. These Google Products include Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine have only been free starting March 24, 2016, so now would be a good time to download them. As of the moment, I have integrated it in Photoshop and it works pretty well with it. You just need to make a selection or click a button.
OnHub is another WiFi device from Google that easily integrates into your home WiFi network to give you increased connectivity by providing faster speeds for more than a 100 devices at a time and covers up to 2,500 feet.
Did you know Google Photos is free? Just download it on your Android or iOS phones and you can have unlimited storage for free. It is a very good alternative to other cloud backup services as it easily (meaning you don’t really have to do anything) integrates itself with your phone’s Photo app. You don’t need to worry about having to backup your photos to your hard drive unless they are of very high quality (more than 16MP) and 1080p of HD videos.
The first ever Google Phone. Features include an integrated Google Assistant(much like Siri and S Voice), the highest rated smartphone camera, unlimited online storage for all your photos and videos, and it’s only available in two colors making the choices smaller but easier for you to decide, much like 50/50.
Project Fi is basically a wireless service from Google. It can connect you automatically to the best available signal either from WiFi or one of Googles three 4G LTE partner networks. Coverage details are available here. Just enter your ZIP Code or address.
Google App is that all-in-one app you need to manage everything you need (with exaggeration). Just talk to the app, tell it what you need like how do you subscribe to someone on YouTube and it will tell you how to do it. It can also help you find things and places around you like restaurants and lots of other cool stuff. It can also make calls, set reminders, send emails and text messages to people or numbers.
Smartbox—a better, smarter mailbox that fuses physical mail with everything you love about the electronic kind. Smartbox is currently in field trial—stuck in the ground, in a field—for Inbox by Gmail customers. If you’re not yet using Inbox, simply email email@example.com anytime before April 2 to be invited, and to reserve your spot on the Smartbox waitlist.
Tango is probably one of my favorite Google Products because of the virtual reality applications it can provide. The best app in Tango that I really like maybe because of it’s usability is Lowe’s. It let’s you drag out furniture into your living room to check just how it would look like in the real world before you buy it. Other apps include Measure, Solar Simulator, WayfairView, Domino World, Woorld, and Dinosaurs Among Us.
Google Scholar is for people out there looking for related literature to a study they are doing. From using Scholar, you can search across multiple disciplines including articles, books, abstracts, theses, and court opinions from academic publishers, universities and other websites and also includes professional societies and online repositories.
Google Translate for me is a very important app especially for travelers to foreign countries who don’t speak a lot of English. You can translate in three different ways – by taking a photo of a writing, by speaking directly into the phone or ask someone for directions to a place and let them speak directly to the phone after the app has translated what you said in English to their native language. Now that is technology at its finest.
The first time I heard of Waze was a long time ago but I did not see the value of the app then. I only saw its value when an Uber driver was using it. The best thing I find useful about it is how it tells you when you’re over the speed limit helping you avoid fines as well. But of course, it does not end there as Waze has some pretty good features especially when it comes to traffic. It was only acquired by Google in 2013 from an Israeli company called Waze Mobile.
Zagat is another one of those Google Products made up of a website where you can see ratings of restaurants rated with 5 as the highest. It is available in almost all of the states in America and cities like London, Toronto, and Vancouver. You can also filter your restaurant search according to the rating of Food, Decor, Service, Price, Cuisines, and Neighborhoods. Of course, there are other better apps out there but this one’s from Google.
But wait, there’s more…
So there you have it 53 Google Products, apps, and services you might not know of. There are plenty more out there but these are the ones that I think are significant right now. You can explore more of their products here.