Area 120 Stories March 30

The latest launch from Google’s internal Area 120 incubator is smaller in scale than a messaging or virtual events tool but even more useful. Google this week released “Stacks” as a “PDF Scanner + Document Organizer” for Android.

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Area 120 Stories March 18

The latest project from Google’s Area 120 incubator is called Threadit, and it aims to bolster team collaboration through flexible video messages that can be replied to at any time.

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Area 120 Stories February 23

Google surfacing lightweight HTML5 games in Discover, Chrome around the world

A year ago, Google’s Area 120 incubator launched an HTML5 gaming platform to “test whether lightweight, casual games would resonate with people who use the internet via low memory devices on 2G and 3G networks.” Proving popular, these HTML5 games are now being coming to Discover, Assistant, and Chrome for Next Billion Users (NBU).

Area 120 Stories November 10, 2020

Area 120 is Google’s internal incubator for experiments, and its latest project is called Demand. This data analytics platform hopes to provide artists, venue managers, promoters, and others in the live music industry actionable insights.

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Area 120 Stories September 24, 2020

Google is shutting down Area 120’s popular ‘Rivet’ kids reading app

Google’s Area 120 incubator launched an app called Rivet in beta in 2018 as a “fun and supportive reading app for kids.” It finally exited beta on Android and iOS in May of 2019, and in its time has grown to be one of the most beloved teach-your-kids-to-read apps on the Play Store. Now Google says that it’s shutting the app down.

Area 120 Stories September 9, 2020

After announcing Orion Wifi yesterday, Google’s Area 120 is back with Fundo — a “platform for virtual events and experiences.” This experimental project is “designed and built for creators” to replicate the experience of in-person encounters.

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