5 Interesting Google Apps You Might Have Never Heard of (2017)

Usually it’s a big thing when major companies like Google release new apps. However, some of them get silently released if they are not part of the strategy roadmap.

The real purpose might be merely of experimental nature. Or perhaps it was just a small project and did not get any marketing budget. Who knows why.

Here are five such apps by Google that are interesting but were never really called out to anyone. We got this list for Android devices, but the apps might be also available on other platforms.

PhotoScan

PhotoScan is a new scanner app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera. Picture perfect and glare free Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, wherever your photos are. – Get glare-free scans with an easy step-by-step capture flow – Automatic cropping based on edge detection – Straight, rectangular scans with perspective correction – Smart rotation, so your photos stay right-side-up no matter which way you scan themIt does what the name suggests. Google PhotoScan helps you to scan old photos to archive them in a digital form in your Google Photos account. From there you can share them with friends and family or keep them for yourself. If you’re looking for a photo editor, you should check out Google Snapseed instead.

PhotoScan by Google Photos

Toontastic 3D

3… 2… 1… ACTION! With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news reports, video game designs, family photo albums, or anything else you might imagine! What people are saying: • Five star rating from Common Sense Media - With Toontastic 3D by Google you can draw, animate and narrate your own cartoons. Create a funny scene and do your own voice-over. You can even export them as 3D videos. Perfect for kids and well… you know you want to try it out yourself. 😉

Toontastic 3d Cartoon Creation App Google

Expeditions

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space! Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way. Features: • Guide classroom-sized groups of locally connected users from your phone or tablet. • Explore along with a guide in immersive VR by putting your Android phone into a Google Cardboard viewer (http://g.co/cardboard) or use an Android tablet or phone in 2D “magic window” mode. • Connect devices over the same WiFi network - if the Guide has downloaded some Expeditions, there is no internet connectivity required to run the Expedition! • Choose from a growing list of over 200 Expeditions - each one is a curated set of VR imagery along with integrated descriptions, talking points and questions.With this app Google sends you on a virtually immersive field trip. Could Expeditions be the future of education? Probably not, but it definitely has the potential to make things a lot more interesting by combining VR and learning.

Expeditions Google VR Field Trips

Crowdsource

Do quick, simple tasks that have a huge impact - like improve the quality of Google Translate in your language, or of Google Maps in your country, etc. Each microtask takes no more than 5-10 seconds, so knock away a few the next time you find yourself with a few moments to kill - be it while waiting in line at the grocery store or on the train ride home. Everytime you use it, you know that you've made the internet a better place for your community.If you enjoy contributing to the Internet by completing small tasks, Crowdsource might be for you. Personally, I like contributing with little things, like a Wikipedia edit or uploading a photo to a location on Google Maps, that didn’t have one. Have a look if the Crowdsource tasks are of interest to you. Possibly a more productive time killer than a casual mobile game.

Crowdsource App Google Contributions

Measure

Grab a quick measurement using your Tango-enabled phone with the Measure app. Simply point your phone at what you’d like to measure, use the cursor to place the points, and then you will see your measurements displayed in augmented reality. With Measure you can: - Measure length, width, height, and even the volume of objects — from your door frame to your desk chair - Create blueprints of your measurement that include the length, area, and extrusion in either imperial or metric units to easily share - Take a picture of your AR measurement This app is only for Tango-enabled devices, like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro or the Asus ZenFone AR, but it looks very useful. With Measure you can leverage the camera of your device to have it take measure of objects in real life. Augmented reality brings you the ultimate measuring tool.

Google Tango Measure App AR

What do you think of these apps? Is any of those going to be useful to you? I would love to know your thoughts. Just drop us a line below in the comments.

If you want to read more into less popular apps check out “5 Android Apps from Google You Might Not Know About” from 2014.

Photo credit: Google

Christopher Isak

Christopher Isak

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