In the new Hypersonic Blog, we are going to be taking a look at probably the most recognised entity in the entire Internet, Google. As the title of this editorial suggests, Google has surpassed the days of being “just a search-engine” and has in fact evolved into a technological swiss army knife. With tools ranging from emails through to documents and videos, Google has literally got an app for everything. We will be taking a look at a few of the more commonly used Google applications, Gmail, Google Docs and Google Photos.
If you already have a Google account, you’ll have access to Gmail. Gmail is really useful, and free, which makes it better. It doesn’t just give you emails either, it also gives you a huge 15GB worth of online cloud storage. Gmail is also really customisable, letting you change the look and feel to how you want it.
With Gmail, all of your emails are stored safely in the cloud, where you can access them from any computer, or device with a web browser. You can also quickly organise and find important emails and add your own professional signatures to emails you send.
If you use Gmail on your phone, or tablet, you may want to take a look at the Inbox app, which adds even more features such as a Snooze button and scheduled sending.
Unlike Microsoft Office, Google Docs is free, and does not take up space on your hard drive. It is an online office suite that includes Docs (documents), Sheets (spreadsheets), Slides (presentations), Forms (surveys) and Drawings (graphs). All of these tools work seamlessly with Google Drive (Google’s Cloud storage).
Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs, there is also a wide variety of templates that you can choose from to get you started.
One of the best features of Google Docs is that you can share it with anyone with a Google account, so that they can review and edit the work you have done. You can also see what they are editing, and can both be editing at the same time!
Finally, Google Photos. Google Photos realises that devices can get clogged with photos and videos, the solution – automatic and unlimited backup. You can view a lifetime of photos across all of your devices, with basic editing available as well. Image cropping and filters are available in browser as well as the app itself, which is available on most devices. Your photos can be organised by people, places and things, meaning you can search for photos by what you remember, rather than for a filename. You can even share albums and photos with other Google users.
One Last Thing…
Google have recently come up with the G Suite Learning Centre, which has online tips and guides for using all of their applications. It is really well presented and super easy to use! So, if there are any particular apps you want to try, check it out at https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/