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Aug152018

Google Launches New Features On Search & Maps For 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia

Get set, go! with Google this Saturday when athletes from 45 nations in Asia will compete for gold in Jakarta and Palembang, the two Indonesian cities hosting the games this year.

2018 Asian Games, officially known as the “18th Asian Games” and also known as “Jakarta Palembang 2018,” is a pan-Asian multi-sport event that’s coming to Indonesia after almost 56 years.

The event scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

Google is offering the following some ways for you to get in on the action:

Track Victories with Google Search

Entering a query for [Asian Games] on Google Search, will now show up-to-date information on the search results at the top. From there you can see recent results or sprint through medal tally rankings.

Here is a screenshot of Google Search results for [Asian Games} search keyword:

2018 Asian Games Google Search Results

Also, you will be able to see other top news as well as watch video highlights related to the Asian Games.

Atung on Google Maps and Google Earth

Google has added “Atung,” the friendly Asian Games mascots on Google Maps, who will guide you live on the best route when searched for directions.

Screenshot below shows Atung mascot on Google Maps:

2018 Asian Games Atung Mascot on Google Maps

Those outside Indonesia can also explore its amazing archipelago, and get inspiration on where to go on Voyager in Google Earth.

Lastly, for those who like to play, Google is making available some selected Asian Games content and deals on the the Google Play Store. Check them out to find more.

Also, Google has released two new apps on Android, including Google Clock app and Cameos.

The Clock app lets you set up musical alarms on Spotify after installing Spotify and Clock apps. Once installed you can connect to your free or premium Spotify account, and then choose the wake-up music.

Now, when the musical alarm goes off, you’ll have the option to continue listening to Spotify throughout your day to browse recently played music, choose from Spotify’s curated morning playlists, or search for a specific soundtrack.

A screenshot showing connected Spotify with Google Clock app:

Set musical alarms on Spotify with Google Clock app

This feature is available on all devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and above.

Also, you can now ask your Google Assistant on Google Home, Mini and Max to play some of your favourite songs with Pandora Premium and Deezer.

The second app called “Cameos” enable celebrities and public figures to answer questions about themselves from Google Search results.

Google will provide them popular questions asked in search results about themselves, and they can then record video responses using the Cameos app. These responses will then appear in the Google search results, and may also appear in the home feed of the Google app to people who have been identified as fans.

Here is the app store description:

“Cameos on Google lets you be the authority on you. Record video answers to the most asked questions on Google and then post them right to Google. Now, when people search for you, they’ll get answers directly from you.”

“All your answers get posted right to Google and your fans will see it when they search for you or scroll through their feed in the Google app.”

Video responses will only show up on mobile devices for people in the US.

Screenshot below shows Cameo app on iPhone:

Cameo app by Google for iOS

 

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