We all think of Google as a search engine, but did you know there are other relatively-unknown Google products and services as well? These are very different from common Google products and services such as Gmail and Google Maps. Just like the latest Star Wars movie ‘Rogue One’, these services are not at the forefront – but they’re still significant. If you’re a Star Wars fan you’re likely to find some of these futuristic products exciting, to say the least.
Here is a list of 17 lesser-known Google products and services we’ve specially-compiled for you to explore:
1. Project Sunroof
This was launched to encourage people to equip their homes with solar panels. It uses high-res aerial mapping and local weather patterns to help people check how much money they stand to save by choosing solar energy.
2. Google Express
Yes, you read it right. This provides same-day delivery services for everyday essentials such as fruits and vegetables – in cities such as San Francisco, Boston, DC and Chicago. All you need to do is enter your ZIP code to find local stores!
3. Google Maps Streetview (Oceans)
We all use Google Maps for navigating our way through different cities, but did you also know that underwater panoramic images are also a part of it? You can start your exploration right now – no scuba diving or swimming skills required!
4. Google Sky Map/ Mars/ Moon
This enables you to view celestial objects such as stars, constellations, galaxies, planets, and the Earth’s moon. Images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope enable you to explore the far-flung areas of the universe.
5. Google Trips
Are you looking for a built-in trip planner and travel guide? Google Trips helps you instantly plan and organize your trips, discover new insights, and track your travel info – without any effort whatsoever.
Want to plan a trip using only public transportation? It’s possible with Google Transit. If you provide a public transportation service that operates with fixed schedules and routes, you can also join the Transit Partner Program.
7. Google Arts & Culture
Feast your eyes on super high-resolution photos of artwork from the world’s greatest museums. You can also take virtual tours to explore important sites around the world, and learn about artists, mediums, art movements, historical events/figures and places.
8. Google One Today
Passionate about causes that are dear to your heart? With One Today, you can easily donate to causes that inspire you, and help nonprofits raise the funds they require to improve the lives of people around the world.
This is a quick and easy way to learn new marketing skills. The highlight of this service is 5-minute lessons that you can do anytime and anywhere. Created primarily for startups, this is ideal for those getting into marketing.
10. Google Scholar
Need accurate information? Google Scholar makes it extremely easy to seek information in professional journals and papers. The variety of options enable one to filter information based on specific needs.
11. Google X
This is a semi-secret research-and-development facility started by Google as a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Its mission is to invent and launch ‘moonshot’ technologies that make the world a better place to live in.
12. GYBO (Get Your Business Online with Google)
Fancy an easy-to-build professional website, a customized domain name, and web hosting that’s completely free for a year? What’s more, GYBO also provides you with bonus lessons for your business.
13. Google VR
At Google VR, virtual reality can be enjoyed by everyone. You can now experience some of the most amazing adventures, expeditions and artistic pursuits, all at one place. There are also tools for VR filmmakers and developers.
14. Google Keep
You can save all your thoughts in one place with Google Keep. It enables you to add notes, lists, photos and audio, and comes with an attractive design to keep you feeling good. Plus, you can even set ‘reminders’ to integrate with your GCal.
15. Google Allo
In the era of smart messaging apps, Google Allo stands out with stickers, doodles, HUGE emojis, text, a built-in virtual assistant, and even a smart reply function that enables users to reply without typing. You can now do more with less, thanks to Allo.
16. Build with Chrome
Are you a Lego® fan? If so, you’ll definitely enjoy getting back to the basics on buildwithchrome.com. You’re free to explore all builds, build something cool and master your skills at the Build Academy.
17. Google Web Designer
You can now bring ideas to life on screens. This helps you create engaging yet interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics, that can be run on any device. It’s a complete design suite that comes with hand-editable code.
Google has listed the above-mentioned products and services on the Internet to make information available to users, simplify their lives and promote a sense of security. This plethora of resources will help you in your personal as well as professional life, and can be used by kids as well as adults for an enriching learning experiences.
How many Google products and services are you currently using? Tell us now – we’d love to hear from you!