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5 New Google Apps and Features That Will Wow You

Mihir Patkar 19-04-2016

Google never ceases to stop innovating. Even after releasing a ton of interesting updates this year The Top Google Updates in 2016 You'll Want to Know About Google has introduced quite a few changes to many of its products over the last 4-5 months. We decided to round up some of the more useful ones that you might want to know about. Read More , the Internet giant has launched even more new apps and features to make life easier for its users.


Yes, Google knows a lot about you How Much Does Google Really Know About You? Google is no champion of user privacy, but you might be surprised just how much they know. Read More and it can be a bit scary to rely on it more and more. But given how seamlessly all its products and services work with each other, it’s difficult to resist using them.

From making it easier to follow up on your long-term goals to giving away $150 worth of software for free, here are the new Google tools and updates that will blow you away.

Goals in Google Calendar (Android, iOS): Automatically Find Time for Good Habits in Your Calendar

Last year, the addition of Reminders made Google Calendar into an incredible to-do list app Reminders Make Google Calendar an Incredible To-Do List Do you maintain a to-do list and a separate calendar? It introduces friction because tasks and scheduling are interdependent. Google now solved this by introducing Reminders to Google Calendar on Android. Read More . The company recognizes how important a calendar is to people’s productivity, so it has added one more feature for those seeking to improve themselves this year. Goals asks what habit you want to form, and automatically finds slots for it in your busy schedule.

A simple guide helps you add new goals (like exercising or learning a new language), and then automatically finds pockets of time in your calendar when you can do this activity. Did you do your activity when asked? Mark it as done! Couldn’t do it? Tap Defer, and Calendar will find a new slot for it so you don’t miss it completely. Goals in Calendar has all the fundamental elements of forming a new habit even when it’s hard How To Form A New Habit When It Seems Too Hard To Keep Going Habits don't form overnight. Every year, we make these resolutions that call for major changes. If you want a new habit, you need to be ready for pitfalls and how to overcome them. Read More .

Download: Google Calendar for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

Save to Google (Chrome, Web): A Pocket-Like Bookmarking Service from Google

Here at MakeUseOf, we firmly believe that Pocket is the ultimate digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More . But Google has new competition, which is better and worse in some ways. The new Save to Google is only available as a Chrome extension right now and its features are limited, but there are some good bits about it.


You can save any link with the extension, and add tags to it. Along with tags, Save to Google lets you write notes so that you remember why the link is important — a feature Pocket doesn’t have. Another one of the cool aspects is the ability to save images from a Google Image Search!

On the down side, you can only use this Chrome extension to add links right now. And to view them, you have to go to and sign in. No apps for smartphones at the moment, but you should check out Google’s URL Shortener for Android URL Shortener Is The Swiss Knife Of Link Sharing And Saving On Android What sets URL Shortener apart is how easy it makes it for you to save links, copy them to a clipboard, or share them directly from a menu. Read More if that’s what you want.

Download: Save to Google for Chrome [No Longer Available]

Google Nik (Windows, Mac): $150 of Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-ins for Free

Nik, a collection of photo editing plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, was bought by Google a few years ago. And much like Google shut down Picasa Picasa Is Going Away: 5 Reasons You Should Be Disappointed Picasa will be discontinued on 15th March, and there are good reasons to be disappointed that its long run is ending. Here are five reasons why you should be upset. Read More recently, it also shut any further work on the Nik collection. The good news? All of these plug-ins are now available for free, instead of their earlier price of $150.

Of course, you’ll need to know which is better for you, Photoshop or Lightroom Photoshop or Lightroom: Which One Should You Use? If you can gain access to both of them, we highly recommend it. But what if you could only choose one? Read More , but this is a seriously impressive collection for free. There are seven plug-ins in total: Analog Efex Pro (look and feel of old cameras), Color Efex Pro (filters for color correction), Silver Efex Pro (black and white images), Viveza (masks for color and tonality), HDR Efex Pro (everything to do with HDR photos The Top 7 Places To Learn The Art Of HDR Photography Welcome to the art and craft of HDR. High Dynamic Range Imaging is an image-processing technique that allows you to represent a wider and deeper range of colors. The clarity and detail in the photos... Read More ), Sharpener Pro (to enhance details), and Dfine (noise reduction for your camera). If you need any help with one of the plug-ins, head to the Nix YouTube channel for tutorials.

Download: Google Nik Collection for Windows (Free) | Mac OS X (Free)

Undo Edits in Google Photos (Android, Web): Permanently Save Original Pictures

If we had to pick an online photo storage solution now, it would have to be Google Photos. You get free, unlimited storage with great editing tools Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos If you aren't using these hidden Google Photos features, you're really missing out. (Hint: There's free and unlimited photo storage!) Read More , not to mention automatic backups of your smartphone pictures and the new “Smart Albums” that intelligently organize images into folders.


Google has now added one more neat feature to Photos and it will forever change how you look at online photo management: permanent storage! Feel free to edit any image in Google Photos. With a couple of clicks, you can undo all your edits and restore the original. There’s no fear of messing up an image, or for that matter, wanting the original back months or years after you’ve edited it.

The feature is available on the Web and Android versions right now, and should roll out to the iOS app soon as well.

Download: Google Photos for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

Metronome (Web): An Adjustable Metronome Baked into Google Search

Regular users know that Google search has cool tools built into it 8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times Figures don't lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it's important to make sure all of those Google users... Read More , from a clock and a countdown timer to translations and demographics. Musicians will be happy to know that you can add a functional metronome to that list. Just search for “metronome” and you’ll get this little app:


Using it is dead simple. Set it to the number of beats per minute you want (as low as 40, as high as 208), and click the “Play” button. Just like that, you have a steady tempo to practice playing your preferred musical instrument. And yup, it works on smartphones too, so you don’t need to carry a metronome with you!

Any Other Cool New Google Apps or Updates?

Google has been on a roll lately. It released Google Destinations, which is arguably the best vacation planner for Android Did Google Make the Best Vacation Planner for Android? If you're looking to plan a vacation, the new Google Destinations might be able to help you out. Read More . And Google Drive recently got an update that lets desktop users finally select specific folders to sync with their Windows or Mac computers.

Have you seen any other new Google app or feature that caught your fancy? What’s your take on the above new offerings? Goals for Calendar sounds really cool to me!

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  1. Milan
    April 20, 2016 at 2:41 am

    good catch Sergio, and for Google, thanks for innovations but will you ever respond to me why I see "Unfortunately Google app has stopped." on my screen? It is very annoying because every single time if I am in a middle of anything I have to click to remove the announcement. I searched online for an answer but nothing helped. It happens about every 5 minutes or so. I just got this brand new Nexus 6p from you Google using you Google Fi but I am regretting now.

  2. Sergio Torrico
    April 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    "never ceases to stop innovating" ?

    I'm not a native speaker but i think that means it's always stopping its innovation train

    • Randall
      December 30, 2016 at 4:06 am

      Lol nice catch on the double negative