Google – the synonym for the word “search”.
Millions of people are using Google every second and are literally dependent on the same for so many different reasons. But how many of the loyal Google users do actually realize the full potential of Google? It is a fact that there are several unknown utilities of Google other than the main search engine. And no, we are not talking about the common ones like Google translate or Google Calendar and the likes.
Google is a search company. It’s an advertising company. It’s a mobile company, a futuristic R&D lab and even, perhaps, an upcoming automaker. Google is a lot of things and because it’s so giant, it’s easy to miss some cool stuff in the shuffle. What you probably don’t realize is that a lot of the things you missed could end up being your favorite Google apps and services.
There are dozens upon dozens of Google apps and other products out there that are worth checking out. Sure search, Gmail and Google Calendar are must-haves, but Google’s utility extends far beyond its core products.
Here in this article, we’ll take a look at some of the lesser-known Google products you really need to check out:
1. GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS
Trust me, this one is addictive and extremely interesting. Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space! Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way. Doesn’t it sound tempting already? Try it out. But make sure not to use this app while driving, walking, or otherwise by being distracted or disoriented from real world situations that prevent you from obeying traffic or safety laws.
2. CHROME REMOTE DESKTOP
Remote desktop software can easily cost $50 or more — a lot more if you want a popular and secure solution. Of course, you can also get a secure solution for free if you’re a Chrome user. Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to remotely connect to your computer from a smartphone or tablet. You will then see your computer’s screen on your mobile device and you can control it from anywhere in the world.All you need to do to use it is install the Chrome Remote Desktop plugin for Windows or Mac from the Chrome web store, and then install one of the company’s free mobile apps.
I asked several people about the Google apps and services I planned to include before putting this post together, and at least one or two people had heard of most things I mentioned. But not a single person knew that Panoramio existed.This nifty site lets you explore the world through the eyes of complete strangers. It plots user-captured photos on a world map, giving you a completely unique perspective on things. Another must-try app in this list! You plan a short-trip? You want to discover new and interesting places around you? You want to know how it looks like at a certain place? Make use of the place-search of Panio and discover the world with thousands of geo-tagged photos taken by members of the 'Panoramio' photo community. View most popular photos and places around you or search for a special place. Mark photos or photographers as favorites and browse their gallery. Navigate to the photos place. Discover Panoramio photos and places of the world - with Panio!
4. (GOOGLE) SKY MAP
Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device. Google Sky Map offers a fascinating way to explore the night sky and discover the celestial wonders above us.Google Sky Map helps you to explore the Universe using your Android phone. This practical app lets you pinpoint the exact location of the stars, planets and other celestial objects in the night sky. Simply point your phone at the sky and you'll see details of exactly what's up there represented by a map in Google Sky Map. As you move your phone around, the map moves with you to show what part of the Universe you're pointed at. It does this using GPS, the internal compass, and the current date and time. Google Sky Map also has a manual mode that lets you explore the map with your finger rather than it autodetecting the data based on where you're pointing your phone.
5. WHO’S DOWN
Did you even know that Google had a mobile app called Who’s Down? It's an invite-only app that simply shows you whether you're "down" to hang out -- presumably, once you have confirmed that you are indeed "down," your friends nearby will see that status and include you in whatever wonderful activities they have planned. Once you have confirmed you're "down," you can add a status message to say just what you're "down" for, be it a quiet evening with a few close friends or a booze-fueled night of debauchery that doesn't end until someone's in the hospital. Naturally, there are group chatting features included, as well.
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