Cross-posted on the Android blog

Over a billion people today carry Android smartphones—devices that are more powerful than the computers we used just a few years ago.

For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals. But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped.

Today we're announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform.

Android for Work features four key technology components:

  • Work profiles – We’ve built on the default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-user support in Android 5.0, Lollipop to create a dedicated work profile that isolates and protects work data. IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside their users personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured. People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won’t erase or view their personal content. 
  • Android for Work app – For devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat, or that don’t run work profiles natively, we’ve created the Android for Work app. The app, which delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps, can be completely managed by IT. 
  • Google Play for Work – It allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work, simplifying the process of distributing apps to employees and ensures that IT approves every deployed app. 
  • Built-in productivity tools – For everyday business tasks, we’ve created a suite of business apps for email, contacts and calendar, which supports both Exchange and Notes and provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. 
We’re joined by a number of partners as part of the Android for Work program, including many familiar names within the Android ecosystem: 

Our partners bring IT:

  • Consistent management – Enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers integrate with standardized management APIs to create a simple way to manage all Android devices, new and old, from one dashboard. All Android for Work capabilities are delivered through EMM partners, with more providers available soon. 
  • Secure business apps – Software vendors and developers can create a single version of any Google Play app that can be securely deployed to any Android device without alterations or wrapping. And they can create standard management configurations that allow IT to apply policies per app. 
  • Innovative devices – Android smartphone and tablet makers are a key part of the Android for Work program, as they create devices and experiences that add additional value for customers. 

Together with a wide range of management, application and device makers, we believe the Android for Work program provides businesses and workers with the choice and flexibility they need to get things done at work.

Learn more by visiting

Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management, Android and Chrome for Work 


Too many young Australians still face homophobia or transphobia. That’s why this Mardi Gras, we’ve teamed up with not-for-profit Twenty10 to show that love is stronger than hate.

We’re going to create an Australia-wide musical collaboration - and we would like you to be involved. We’re asking people to contribute a lyric for a love song, which Toby Martin, one of Australia’s best singer-songwriters, will then turn into a song and perform on the main stage at Fair Day this Sunday, February 22.

You can submit your own lyric here.

For every lyric submitted, we’ll give $10 to Twenty10 (up to a maximum of $10,000), which will go towards helping young LGBTIQ Australians with emergency housing, counselling and other support.

If you’re in Sydney this weekend, pop along to our Fair Day stand and chat to one of our Gayglers and friends about diversity at Google. Happy Mardi Gras!

The 2015 Google Science Fair starts today! To learn more about entry details, prizes and more tune in to rewatch today’s Hangout and follow along on Google+

Science is about observing and experimenting. It’s about exploring unanswered questions, solving problems through curiosity, learning as you go and always trying again.

That’s the spirit behind the fifth annual Google Science Fair, kicking off today. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, we’re calling on all young researchers, explorers, builders, technologists and inventors to try something ambitious. Something imaginative, or maybe even unimaginable. Something that might just change the world around us.
From now through May 18, students around the world ages 13-18 can submit projects online across all scientific fields, from biology to computer science to anthropology and everything in between. Prizes include $100,000 in scholarships and classroom grants from Scientific American and Google, a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos, an opportunity to visit LEGO designers at their Denmark headquarters, and the chance to tour Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship at their Mojave Air and Spaceport. This year we’re also introducing an award to recognize an Inspiring Educator, as well as a Community Impact Award honoring a project that addresses an environmental or health challenge.

It’s only through trying something that we can get somewhere. Flashlights required batteries, then Ann Makosinski tried the heat of her hand. His grandfather would wander out of bed at night, until Kenneth Shinozuka tried a wearable sensor. The power supply was constantly unstable in her Indian village, so Harine Ravichandran tried to build a different kind of regulator. Previous Science Fair winners have blown us away with their ideas. Now it’s your turn.

Big ideas that have the potential to make a big impact often start from something small. Something that makes you curious. Something you love, you’re good at, and want to try.

So...what will you try?

Posted by Miriam Schneider, Google for Education Team

Cricket fans rejoice: the Cricket World Cup is here again! Can the all-round prowess of the South Africans put aside the “chokers” tag? Or will the Lankan lions roar again after almost two decades? While Indian fans will keenly follow the teams’ attempts to bring the cup back home, here in Australia we’ll be keen to exploit the home oval advantage.

Here are a bunch of fun ways to make sure you’re up to date with the latest cricket info.

Scores faster than Lee or Akhtar
Over the next two months, a simple Google search for [cricket] will be your quickest source for the latest scores and team schedules. You can stay tuned to the action anytime, anywhere - use Voice Search on your phone to ask “what’s happening in the cricket” to get today’s match results and find out what’s coming up.

You can also stay updated on your favourite teams thanks to Now cards in the Google App so you don’t even have to search. Download the ESPN Cricinfo app onto your phone, and you’ll start seeing Cricinfo’s Now cards pop up in the Google app.

Take the tournament’s pulse with Google Trends
Millions of fans will be searching on Google for noteworthy moments of the tournament, from the Duckworth-Lewis method to Virat Kohli’s hairstyle. Get into the conversation with other cricket fans with Google Trends throughout the tournament—follow us on Google Australia Twitter and Google+ Page, or on Google India’s Google+ and Twitter accounts. You can also keep up to date with all the latest Trends here.


Real fans paint their face
Even if you can’t watch the matches live, you can still show your support by painting your face like a true cricket fan — without ever getting your hands dirty. Take a photo of yourself and up to four friends who’d like their faces painted and upload it to Google+ with hashtag #PaintIndia, #PaintSriLanka, or get the idea (see details at Refresh the page to see the effect!

You can add the hashtag #CWC15Fans and publicly share your photo on Google+ for a chance to be shown on ICC’s official website.


And last but not the least, keep an eye out for special Doodles during the tournament on the Google India homepage, as well as Hangouts on Air with cricketers and commentators.

Have a blast following great cricket, and may the best team win!

Posted by Shane Treeves, Consumer Communications, Google Australia and New Zealand

Security is a top priority for Google; we’ve always believed that using the safest products while staying informed about online threats, is the best way to avoid dangerous situations online.  We have a wide variety of protections in place — from Safe Browsing, which protects more than one billion Chrome, Firefox, and Safari users, to automatic Chrome updates, to research reveal Gmail account hijackers' playbooks, and more.

Google works around the clock to keep you safe, but we want to enable you to control your security settings as well.  Today, for Safer Internet Day, we’ve refreshed Security Checkup, an easy way for anyone with a Google account to review and manage their personal security settings.

Here are some important security items you’ll review during your Security Checkup:

  • Recovery Information: Adding a phone number can help us get in touch if you’re ever locked out of your account.  We will only use your phone number to protect your account, unless you say otherwise.

  • Recent Activity: This is a quick overview of your recent sign-ins to Google.  If you see any activity from a location or device you don’t recognise, please take action and change your password immediately.

  • Account Permissions: These are the apps and services with access to your Google account.  Give them a look—yes, even that old phone and the dusty app you never use—and make sure you use and trust all of the apps you’ve connected.

It takes just a few minutes to make sure your information is accurate and up to date.  Go to and get your Security Checkup, today.

If you have young children, we also encourage your to sign-up for the new eSmart Digital Licence from The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Designed to take ten-year-olds through an interactive course on being responsible digital citizens, a $1.2 million Google grant to the Foundation means every six year student in Australia can now receive a licence at no cost. To find out more, visit
Posted by Samantha Yorke, Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager, Google Australia

Since its formation in 1996, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has found countless ways to make sure children experience the safe and happy childhoods that is their right. One of their early programs to pair first-year primary students with older buddies who could protect the younger kids from bullying is now over 1,700 schools country-wide.

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's mission hasn't changed, but the technology that our children use has. Today every classroom has computers, and children often bring tablets and smartphones to school. This would have seemed unimaginably futuristic when the foundation first began. The internet expands the scope for children to explore and learn, but it also compels us to teach them new responsibilities and new ways to stay safe.

We’re proud to announce a partnership with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to provide an eSmart Digital Licence to every grade six student in Australia, almost 300,000 school children. This new initiative, aimed at ten-year-olds and above, leads children through an interactive course on how to be smart, safe and responsible digital citizens. They'll learn what's OK to share online with friends, how to use the web safely, how to deal with cyberbullies and how to act responsibly themselves.  

Our $1.2 million grant will make this course free for every Australian student in their final year of primary school -- offering a licence to 300,000 school children across the country.

The eSmart Digital Licence is an innovative way to teach safety skills to children that many adults had to figure out themselves, sometimes the hard way. We hope that parents and teachers will be able to sit down with their children and work towards a digital licence together, promoting important conversations along the way.

Teachers of Grade 6 students at any Australian school can sign up to access the free digital licences in 2015 for their students at

The Internet is a great place for kids to learn, be creative and connected. We’re proud to invest in giving young Australians the skills they need to stay safe and smart online.

Posted by Maile Carnegie, Managing Director of Google Australia & New Zealand

We don’t know exactly what the jobs of the future will be. But we do know that they almost certainly will involve technology. And that means that computer science will be one of the most sought-after skills of the next fifty years.

Yet the number of computer science graduates in Australia is falling. We need to reverse this trend and help Aussie schoolkids develop the skills they need to help Australia prosper and grow in a digital age.

Over 600 Aussie schools took part in the Hour of Code last week, giving themselves an introduction to the world of Computer Science. But that was just a taste. There are plenty of other courses to help educators teach computer science, and Google’s Computer Science for High School program is our way of supporting them. And now it's not just for high schools.

CS4HS is Google’s annual program that provides grants to for programs that help teachers teach computer science. Over the past 4 years, hundreds of high school teachers across Australia have gone through programs to help them equip their students with the skills of the future. As Australia’s new Digital Technologies Curriculum starts rolling out, we’re expanding CS4HS. We’re looking for programs that target teachers from primary school through to high school teachers. Applications are now open for our 2015 CS4HS program.

If you’re a teacher and want to learn more about teaching computer science, there are some classroom resources on our K-12 educators page. You can also take part in free online professional teacher development courses.

Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community & Outreach Manager, Google Australia & New Zealand