Google logo Stories February 25, 2016

Updated Google app lets users make a custom colored logo, adds new Now on Tap animations

An updated version of the Google app rolling out this afternoon adds new animations to Now on Tap and a whimsical finger painting-like feature to make a custom colored Google logo.

Google logo Stories January 26, 2016


When Google Now has a relevant piece of information to share, it sends users a notification. In the past, the notification icon that appeared in the top bar was specific to the type of info. A small update to the Google app today changes the icon to a more generic ‘G‘.

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Google logo Stories June 23, 2014


Google’s latest doodle focuses on the event that has sports fans everywhere on the edge of their seat on a daily basis. The doodle depicts a group of employes sitting around a TV watching the ongoing World Cup. The employes spell out ‘Google’ in the classic colors. When the boss walks by, the employes quickly switch back to a business presentation.

If you click on the doodle, you’ll be redirected to a Google search for the Chile vs Netherlands match that took place today. (Spoiler: It didn’t end in a tie).

You can check out the doodle for yourself on Google’s website. According to NBC News, the World Cup in 2010 cost the U.S. economy $121.7 million due to people watching the matches during work. So let’s face it, you’re probably doing exactly what the doodle suggests.

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Google logo Stories May 19, 2014


Update: In keeping with the square theme, Google has taken this anniversary as an opportunity to join Instagram, hooray! First post is the Rubik’s Cube in video.

This may just be the best Google Doodle yet: a fully-functional Rubik’s Cube! Click on the small cube to open up the interactive version. Click and drag any row or column to rotate it, and do the same underneath or alongside the cube to turn the entire cube …  expand full story

Google logo Stories March 7, 2014

Google starts celebrating International Women’s Day a day early with Doodle & video


A Google doodle appearing on the company’s homepage in some countries (though not yet the U.S.) celebrates tomorrow’s International Women’s Day, leading to a video when you click on it.

The video features brief clips of women from all around the world, in support of the United Nations theme that “Equality for Women is Progress for All.” The doodle is likely to appear on the U.S. site at some point today.

The full message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appears below.

This International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.

Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.

The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.

This simple truth must be central as we work to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals by next year’s deadline and craft an agenda for the years beyond 2015.

Important gains have been made in access to primary education for girls and political representation by women. But progress remains far too slow and uneven.

A baby girl born today will still face inequality and discrimination, no matter where her mother lives. We have a common obligation to ensure her right to live free from the violence that affects one in three women globally; to earn equal pay for equal work; to be free of the discrimination that prevents her from participating in the economy; to have an equal say in the decisions that affect her life; and to decide if and when she will have children, and how many she will have.

I have a message for every girl born today, and to every woman and girl on the planet: Realizing human rights and equality is not a dream, it is a duty of governments, the United Nations and every human being. I also have a message for my fellow men and boys: play your part. All of us benefit when women and girls – your mothers, sisters, friends and colleagues — can reach their full potential.

Together, let us work for women’s rights, empowerment and gender equality as we strive to eliminate poverty and promote sustainable development. Equality for women is progress for all!

Via Mashable

Google logo Stories February 14, 2014


With so much of what is offered on Valentine’s Day feeling contrived and commercial, today’s U.S. Google doodle provides a rather heartwarming antidote, allowing you to listen to real-life love stories from This American Life.

Click on any of the hearts to play the story, narrated by Ira Glass. If you enjoyed those, you can subscribe to the free weekly This American Life podcast on iTunes …  expand full story

Google logo Stories November 22, 2013


In one of the coolest doodles yet, Google is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British TV series Doctor Who? with a multi-level game in which you can play any of the eleven doctors.

This particular doodle delivers rather more than Google’s description of them as “10 seconds of homepage happiness.”

Clearly Google’s staff are fans of the series, as Street View includes the ability to enter the Doctor’s TARDIS.

Google logo Stories September 9, 2013


While Yahoo may have bucked the trend for flatter design language with its recent train-wreck of a logo change, Google appears to be staying firmly in the fashionable camp with an apparent new logo spotted in a Chrome for Android beta by arstechnica.

Gone is the old 3D bevelled look with shadow effects, and in is a far simpler 2D image with slightly more pastel-like colors.

The new logo also appears in an images folder on Google’s servers. Ironically, it’s the first logo change since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer departed Google.

Compare with the current logo, below:


Update: A person familiar with Google’s branding tells The Verge that this is not a replacement for the company’s traditional logo. Instead, the flatter design is used in instances where the beveled logo may not display well — such as on printed banners or other corporate use cases. The logo in question has been already pulled from where it first appeared in the latest Chrome for Android beta, signaling that the company quickly realized its mistake. Suffice it to say, the Google logo you know and love isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Google logo Stories August 7, 2012

You may have already noticed, but Google’s latest Olympic-related doodle on the homepage is an interactive HTML5 game that celebrates hurdle races. Users can notably pair a USB-powered gamepad, keyboard, or mouse to control the game’s runner and to help him conquer the track’s hurdles.

Google revealed in a Google+ post today (screenshot below) that the doodle “makes use of the brand-new Gamepad API, which uses JavaScript to read the state of any gamepad controller attached to your computer, and which was just added to Chrome last week.”

Check it out:

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Google logo Stories May 22, 2012

In honor of the 78th birthday of electronic music pioneer Robert Moog, tomorrow’s doodle on the Google homepage will feature a fully functioning recreation of his legendary Moog synthesizers.  The doodle is equipped with working knobs for mixer, oscillators, filter, and envelope that spell out “Google”, and it has a mod wheel that you can control with your keyboard’s arrow keys. Much like the Les Paul Google Doodle that featured a playable guitar, the Moog doodle page will feature an image of a tape recorder that allows you to record up to four tracks and share your creations through Google+. The doodle is already live on the Japanese and Australian website, but it will land in the United States elsewhere tomorrow for Moog’s May 23 birthday. expand full story

Google logo Stories January 18, 2012


Google is renowned for its practice of recognizing important anniversaries and famous people from human history prominently on the main Google homepage. The company calls it Google Doodle —an 11-year-old tradition to educate visitors on historic events and people through the power of search. Clicking a Doodle logo for, say, Nikola Tesla, will simply take one to the search result’s page populated with links to popular articles about the famous inventor.

The first Google Doodle was in recognition of the Burning Man Festival of 1998 and was designed by cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Subsequent Doodles were designed by outside designers, often by Dennis Hwang who created most Doodles to date. Today, the search company’s Vice President of Product Management Marissa Mayer issued an invitation to all K through 12 students to apply for the fifth annual United States Doodle 4 Google contest…

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