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December 07, 2018

8 Google Products You Didn't Know Existed

Everyone knows that Google (News - Alert) has all sorts of products and services up its sleeve. But most people aren’t aware of what these actual products are!

There are so many things you can do with the help of Google. Things like Gmail, Google Earth, Maps, and Chrome are just the very tip of their huge iceberg. Their features go so deep we can hardly get to them all, so we’ve rounded up the 8 best products you didn’t know about (until just now) so you can get up to speed on all their offerings while improving your life.

1. Spell Out Numbers

When you’ve got a huge number you’re working with, sometimes it’s too much to comprehend, let alone spell out. All you’ve got to do is type the number into the search engine followed by the equals symbol and whatever language you’d like it to be spelled out in. Like this, “1, 458, 637,824,721 = english.” Click enter and the wonderful search engine will spell it out for you.

2. Google Keep

Google Keep comes along with any Google account, and is essentially a note-taking feature and organization tool that allows you to save and order web pages, quotes, links, and videos.

You can then access everything you’ve kept on the app across any of your compatible devices.

3. Timer

Ever in a quick pinch for a timer? Google has your back!

By simply typing in the unit of time needed followed by the word ‘timer’ (like this: “6 minute time”) and hitting enter in the search bar, your favorite search engine will keep track for you until the time runs out.

4. Google Sky

Have a thing for stars? Most people can’t afford a specialty telescopic set up in their backyard, so Google’s done the leg work for us. With Sky Maps, you can browse high resolution images of the night sky straight from NASA satellites and other telescopes like the Hubble.

With the help of these tools, Google Sky lets you check out close-up views of galaxies, constellations, stars, and more.

5. Handwriting Translator

Everyone knows about Google Translate, but most people don’t know that there’s a feature that allows the machine to translate written handwriting into another language. Now you don’t have to decipher what’s written by hand, but rather, you can let your trusted friend Google do the work for you!

6. Google Scholar

When you’re working on research projects, some of the best information can be found in scholarly articles, journals, and case studies. Unfortunately, these can be difficult to find to the untrained researcher. With Google’s help, however, you can search these depths of scholarly articles by searching terms with Scholar, a search engine database exclusively for scholarly content.

7. Google Trends

Twitter (News - Alert) isn’t the only website that can show you what’s trending around the world. If you’re interested in what’s popular at the moment at any place. With Google Trends, you can see what people are searching live as it happens. You can search by terms, or get started with topic suggestions by Google.

The Trends page also features hot topics, insights into what search data means, and even recaps of the search terms encompassing a year.

8. Google Sound Search

If you have Google Assistant, you can use it to identify any song you hear playing that you’d like to know more about. With Sound Search, you can replace Shazam (News - Alert) and get the name of whatever you’re listening to instantly.

Bottom Line

Google is an incredible company that is constantly introducing new products and ways to improve our digital world and the lives it helps us lead. However, because of all the innovation they are constantly cranking out, some of their incredible products get lost in the shuffle.

Things like Gmail fax, the Gboard (News - Alert) keyboard app, and their sunroof-savings calculator get overlooked, meaning that so many people are out there using the search engine, but unaware of its full potential.

Taking advantage of these product offerings means you’re ahead of the curve.

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