10 Super Useful Google Functions That Will Make Your Life A Lot Easier And Happier
You’ve heard the phrase “there’s an app for that,” haven’t you? Bet you wish there was an app that would make your life a lot easier and happier. Well, it turns out there are TEN of them on Google.
Yes, we know that Google is a search engine giant. We know that it’s already made your life a whole lot better by improving your search engine experience.
And it arguably makes your day every now and then with those cute daily logos.
But it isn’t just an Internet search giant that specialises in cute logos. It’s also a hugely innovative company that is constantly coming up with solutions to everyday problems.
Let’s face it, we’re not always aware we even have a problem until a company comes up with a breathtaking solution. All of a sudden we’re like “Oh yeah! What a fab solution to a problem I never even knew I had!”
Google is like that. It’s always devising solutions to problems most of us aren’t aware of. Take Google Docs for example. Had it not existed, you’d still be happily using MS Word and uploading documents to the Internet for others to see.
You never realised how time consuming and annoying this was!
Let’s take a look at 10 other super useful Google functions that will make your life a lot easier and happier.
Chrome Remote Desktop
Remote desktop software allows us to connect our computer remotely from a tablet or smartphone. This is cool and useful as we can then control our computer’s screen on our mobile from wherever we are in the whole world – from India to Russia.
The problem is that remote desktop software is a tad expensive. Prices start out from around $50. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, it’s really not cool.
But this is where Chrome Remote Desktop comes in.
Chrome Remote Desktop – from Google – is a FREE secure solution if you’re already a Chrome user (and why wouldn’t you be?).
You can hook it up to your tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world, and setup is super duper easy. Just download the plugin to your desktop, and then download the mobile app to your smartphone or tablet.
Ever wanted to explore outer space from the comfort of your own living room? Well, now you can with Google Sky.
This means that if you’re ever about to be abducted, you can see the aliens coming for you before they arrive!
This is one of the lesser-known Google functions that is no less cool or useful than the others. It’s a mobile app that at the present moment is just invite-only, which means that if you don’t have a friend on there who’s willing to invite you over, you basically can’t use it. Sad days.
The point of this social Google app is to connect local friends and encourage to hang out spontaneously.
In other words, “who’s down?” I am!
Here is the function’s description:
“Instantly see which of your friends are free to hang out, right when you are. With one slider, let your friends know you’re down to hang out. Start a chat and get together. It’s that simple.”
It is totally free, but as we said it is just invite-only at the moment.
Google Now is one of the newest Google apps, and it’s one that will be really appreciated by anyone who needs to keep up with all the latest news and developments.
It basically gives you news on tap. But the best thing is that all the news is tailored to you and your interests. For example, if your fav NBA team is the LA Lakers, you’ll get updates for how they’re doing.
Been sent an important document in a foreign language?
Or maybe you’re trying to impress a special someone by speaking foreign?
Whatever your foreign language needs may be, Google Translate can help. It’s a free app that’s super easy to use. All you have to do is copy and paste your text into the left-hand box, select which language it’s in from the drop down menu, before selecting which language you’d like to appear in the box to the right from its drop down menu.
It’s voice mail but on Google!
Wikipedia is a handy resource whenever we need information on pretty much any topic. But you know what people will say to you if you tell them you used Wikipedia, don’t you? “You do know that Wikipedia isn’t exactly truthful, don’t you?”
Okay, whenever you’re working on an essay and need something more academic and authoritative, try Google Scholar. It’s contains all kinds of legal documents, patents, medical journals, dissertations, novels and so on. It’s a treasure trove of knowledge that can be cited in your essays. Go for it.
And if you can’t find what you need, you can always ask your mom.
Google Play Books
For when you want to read something less heavy than a legal document, there’s Google Play Books.
This is essentially Google’s version of the Kindle, which means you can download and read eBooks on the go.
It’s 2017 and we can’t believe there are still some people on this planet who haven’t used gmail.
Incredible, especially when you consider that gmail is not only the most intuitive email account on the planet – it also offers 15GB worth of free data, and connects you to all the other Google functions, including drive, docs, hangouts and so on.
It’s available on all devices, easy to use, comes with a great interface and loads of features, including a very impressive chat feature.
With your card information stored on Google’s secure cloud servers, there’s never been an easier way to go online shopping. Making a purchase is as easy as 1,2,3.
Careful, though – your spending could easily get out of hand!