Practically everyone knows that Google is the world’s largest search engine. In fact, most people who own a computer or a mobile device are pretty familiar with other popular Google products too, such as YouTube, Gmail, Chrome Web Browser, and Google Drive
It turns out that when it comes to Google, the tech giant has a lot of different products. Over the past 18 years of its short lifespan, Google has created over 140 products.
1 Google Keep
Google Keep is a beautifully designed, visual note-taking app that can help you keep all your notes, to-do lists, reminders, images and all sorts of other tidbits of information organized and easy to view. The card-like interface makes it super intuitive to use, which you can customize any way you want by adding labels and colors.
Need to record some audio for a reminder? Or have a shopping list that you and your family members need to access and edit as you pick things up? Google Keep lets you do it all. You might just find that it’s one of the most useful note-taking apps out there.
2 Google Goggles
Ever wished you could do a Google search for something according to what it looks like because you can’t for the life of you remember what it’s called? Well, Android users, you’re in luck—because Google Goggles is an image-driven search engine that actually lets you snap a photo and use it to search for information about it. (Sorry iPhone users, Google Goggles isn’t available on your platform!)
Just point your camera at a famous sculpture, a landmark at a specific location, a product you’re using, or anything else to see if Google Goggles has it included in its vast database. You can also use it on bar-codes and QR codes to find more information about products as well as related products.
3 Google Spaces
Maybe you already use Google Drive and Gmail to connect and collaborate with others on all sorts of stuff, but you probably didn’t know that Google also has a dedicated tool made just for small group sharing. Google Spaces is a tool that you can use to create a new space for a group, invite who you want into them, have conversations based on what you share and find anything easily that was previously shared.
Similar to Trello, Google Spaces uses a card-based layout to keep it simple, functional and easy to use. And the best part is that you can use it from the regular desktop web plus take advantage of the handy-dandy iOS and Android apps for when you need to collaborate with others while you’re on the go. (There’s also a Chrome extension!)
4 Google Duo
One of the most frustrating things about video messaging apps is that there are too many that require a certain device or an and corresponding user account. Want to to FaceTime with someone? You’re out of luck if the person you want to FaceTime with doesn’t have an iPhone! Love Snapchat’s video call feature? Good luck video chatting with your mom if you have to first instruct her on how to create a Snapchataccount.
Google Duo is a simple one-to-one video calling app that just requires a phone number to get started and access to your contacts to see who else is using Google Duo. Tap a contact name to instantly call them. The app uses Wi-Fi or your data plan to bring video to the forefront on its super simple, super intuitive interface so you can talk and see each other face to face in real time.
5 Google Wallet
When it comes to shopping online, sending money to someone, or receiving money from someone, it helps to keep it as simple and as easy as possible. Google Wallet works with any debit or credit card, allowing you to securely send money online (even via your mobile devices through the official app for iOS or Android) to someone just by knowing their email address or phone number. You can also request money through Google Wallet and have it automatically transferred to your bank account.
Google Wallet can help take the pain out of splitting restaurant bills, pitching in with others to buy a gift, planning a group trip and so much more. And if you use Gmail, you can easily attach money using Google Wallet to pay for something via a simple email message.