Monday, 26 December 2016 23:05

17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn't know existed

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Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving carssmart contact lensesinternet-beaming balloons, and more.

While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly useful that you might not even know existed. 

For example, did you know Google has a massive free font library?

Here are some of the under-the-radar services Google offers.Jillian D'Onfro contributed to an earlier version of this story.

Google Keep is a killer notes and reminder app that works across both desktops and smartphones.

Google Keep is a killer notes and reminder app that works across both desktops and smartphones.

You can set a timer on Google (and get an alarm to sound when time is up) by Googling any amount of time followed by "timer."

You can set a timer on Google (and get an alarm to sound when time is up) by Googling any amount of time followed by "timer."

Google.com/sky lets you explore the far reaches of the universe using images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.

Google.com/sky lets you explore the far reaches of the universe using images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.

Google Books nGram Viewer is a fun tool that lets you search for words in 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 so you can see how they've been used and changed over time.

Google Books nGram Viewer is a fun tool that lets you search for words in 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 so you can see how they've been used and changed over time.

Intimidated by huge numbers? Google will help you figure out how to pronounce that 12-string behemoth if you type "=english" after it.

Intimidated by huge numbers? Google will help you figure out how to pronounce that 12-string behemoth if you type "=english" after it.

There's a "Manual" feature in Google Translate that lets you draw characters or symbols.

There's a "Manual" feature in Google Translate that lets you draw characters or symbols.

Similarly, Google Input Tools lets you type in over 80 different languages without having to download a special keyboard.

Similarly, Google Input Tools lets you type in over 80 different languages without having to download a special keyboard.

Find a gorgeous font that you can use for free (Google.com/fonts).

Find a gorgeous font that you can use for free (Google.com/fonts).

Google Scholar makes it incredibly easy to search for information in professional journals and papers.

Google Scholar makes it incredibly easy to search for information in professional journals and papers.

Get your culture on by using Google Art Project to check out super high-res photos of artwork from the world's greatest museums.

Get your culture on by using Google Art Project to check out super high-res photos of artwork from the world's greatest museums.

Think with Google is a "digital cheat sheet" for marketers where it uses its data to glean what's on deck for the industry.

Think with Google is a "digital cheat sheet" for marketers where it uses its data to glean what's on deck for the industry.

Want to get a pulse on what people care about at any given moment? Google Trends shows the most searched terms every day.

Want to get a pulse on what people care about at any given moment? Google Trends shows the most searched terms every day.

You can even plot how different search terms have waxed or waned over time.

You can even plot how different search terms have waxed or waned over time.

Google Express lets you get same-day delivery for food, electronics, books, and more. The service now covers about 90% of the United States.

Google Express lets you get same-day delivery for food, electronics, books, and more. The service now covers about 90% of the United States.

The Google Sound Search widget works like Shazam to help you identify songs you hear. It will also link you to buy each track in the Google Play Store.

The Google Sound Search widget works like Shazam to help you identify songs you hear. It will also link you to buy each track in the Google Play Store.

Google has a catalog of animal noises that you can easily find by typing in "animal sounds" or by typing in the name of a specific animal. Hot tip: Whip this one out while babysitting and it'll keep kids entertained for a long time.

Google has a catalog of animal noises that you can easily find by typing in "animal sounds" or by typing in the name of a specific animal. Hot tip: Whip this one out while babysitting and it'll keep kids entertained for a long time.

Gboard is an app for iPhone that enables Google search right in your keyboard, eliminating the need to hop back and forth between apps.

Gboard is an app for iPhone that enables Google search right in your keyboard, eliminating the need to hop back and forth between apps.

If you can't decide between causes to donate to, or have trouble finding a reputable charity, Google's One Today app makes it easy. The app shows different charities, gives a short description, and lets you know how you can help.

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