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Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Frej Krook, Collaboration Community Manager for Employee Tools at Trimble. The California-based company builds specialized hardware, software and services for customers in the agriculture, construction, geospatial, transportation and logistics industries to help them better capture data in the field and improve efficiency and outcomes.  Keeping a global business like Trimble…

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Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Frej Krook, Collaboration Community Manager for Employee Tools at Trimble. The California-based company builds specialized hardware, software and services for customers in the agriculture, construction, geospatial, transportation and logistics industries to help them better capture data in the field and improve efficiency and outcomes.  

Keeping a global business like Trimble connected is no small amount of work. Our hybrid teams create solutions for a wide range of industries — helping farmers achieve better outcomes through data analysis, offering hardware for geospatial mapping and improving transportation efficiency.

Android Enterprise is one of our keys to keeping everyone connected securely, combining strong security controls with the flexibility to get anyone the apps they need. It simplifies how we manage and protect the thousands of Android devices on our network. The vast majority of these devices are employees’ personal phones enrolled with the work profile; our data and apps are securely managed, while our teams have privacy over their personal data and flexibility to disconnect.

The ideal BYOD solution

We’ve long believed in the value of a “bring your own device” policy. When employees tell our IT team that they want to use their Android phone for work, you should see the big smiles on our faces. Enrolling a personal device with a work profile enables us to set up and manage the device with the settings we need, and the employee gets to keep using a phone they’re familiar with. Devices with the work profile are quick and easy to set up, with minimal impact to support time.

From engineering to sales, marketing and field service, Android devices are key to our global team. Along with the Workspace apps they use to collaborate with every day, we push out our catalogue of more than 50 Trimble apps our teams count on to build client software solutions, test hardware in the field and help clients keep track of their logistics.

Secure and flexible device management

The work profile transforms our employees’ personal phones into secure work devices while giving them the freedom to keep using them in a personal capacity. By managing the work profile through Google advanced endpoint management, we only control the apps and data in the work profile and don’t touch employees’ personal apps and data. Our IT team can enforce consistent policies across work profile apps that help prevent data loss.

Employees get better balance by having the ability to pause the work profile when they wish to disconnect.  We also like that if an employee leaves Trimble or loses a phone, we can wipe the work profile with a few clicks in the Admin console. Any Trimble data is securely wiped, and the employee doesn’t have to have their entire phone erased and start from scratch if they leave the company. 

The work profile gives a clear division between work and personal apps, which makes our security teams happy. By allowing users to access work apps on their personal devices, Trimble sees significant cost savings by not having to give each employee a phone just for work.

Another major component to our flexible work success is Chrome Enterprise. With Chrome OS, our IT team has secure, fast devices that work in the cloud while also providing the flexibility to access legacy tools through Parallels Desktop. No matter where we are working, we have devices that are simple to manage with the apps we need.

Building Android solutions

Trimble also builds rugged Android smartphones to offer customers hardware that is well suited to demanding, outdoor environments. The Trimble TDC600 and Nomad 5 enable data collection and connectivity through devices that can withstand all-day use in the field.

With Android, the devices can work seamlessly with our portfolio of applications and provide customers the flexibility to take advantage of the broad app ecosystem of the Google Play Store.

Navigating return-to-office with Android Enterprise

Android Enterprise will play a major role as we transition back to the office. With many of our employees choosing a mix of working from home and in the office, staying connected through their Android devices will be an essential lifeline to their work.

We see Android Enterprise as the ideal device management solution for Trimble. Employees get a better user experience, and we spend less time on support. We believe Android Enterprise will continue to play a central role in our device strategy to give our teams the flexibility they want in how they work and to achieve better balance with their personal time.

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Enjoy a warm cup of trends for International Tea Day

From bubble tea to tea ceremonies, tea has deep roots and profound cultural significance across Asia. Just ahead of the United Nations’ International Tea Day on Saturday, May 21, we looked at trends on Google Search around the world and found bags of insights into what the world is searching for when it comes to…

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From bubble tea to tea ceremonies, tea has deep roots and profound cultural significance across Asia. Just ahead of the United Nations’ International Tea Day on Saturday, May 21, we looked at trends on Google Search around the world and found bags of insights into what the world is searching for when it comes to this brew-tea-full beverage.

Worldwide populari-tea

Assam, green or bubble: tea is the world’s most-consumed drink apart from water, so even if Earl Grey isn’t your thing, there’s most likely a brew out there that fits you to a T. But which types of tea are the most popular?

  1. Bubble tea
  2. Green tea
  3. Matcha
  4. Black tea
  5. Milk tea
  6. Kombucha
  7. Masala chai
  8. Iced tea
  9. Hibiscus tea
  10. Ginger tea

Worldwide top-searched types of tea, past 12 months. Source: Google Trends.

Green tea used to be the most popular type of tea on Search — until last year, when bubble tea bubbled up to become the most-searched type of tea around the world. The rise has been remarkable, with search interest for bubble tea more than tripling in the last five years, an increase of +220% worldwide. We’ve seen a similar trend with matcha; the beverage is now the world’s third most popular type of tea after search interest went up by +70% in the last five years.

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Protecting Android users from 0-Day attacks

To protect our users, Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) routinely hunts for 0-day vulnerabilities exploited in-the-wild. In 2021, we reported nine 0-days affecting Chrome, Android, Apple and Microsoft, leading to patches to protect users from these attacks.This blog is a follow up to our July 2021 post on four 0-day vulnerabilities we discovered in 2021,…

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To protect our users, Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) routinely hunts for 0-day vulnerabilities exploited in-the-wild. In 2021, we reported nine 0-days affecting Chrome, Android, Apple and Microsoft, leading to patches to protect users from these attacks.

This blog is a follow up to our July 2021 post on four 0-day vulnerabilities we discovered in 2021, and details campaigns targeting Android users with five distinct 0-day vulnerabilities:

We assess with high confidence that these exploits were packaged by a single commercial surveillance company, Cytrox, and sold to different government-backed actors who used them in at least the three campaigns discussed below. Consistent with findings from CitizenLab, we assess government-backed actors purchasing these exploits are located (at least) in Egypt, Armenia, Greece, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Serbia, Spain and Indonesia.

The 0-day exploits were used alongside n-day exploits as the developers took advantage of the time difference between when some critical bugs were patched but not flagged as security issues and when these patches were fully deployed across the Android ecosystem. Our findings underscore the extent to which commercial surveillance vendors have proliferated capabilities historically only used by governments with the technical expertise to develop and operationalize exploits.

Seven of the nine 0-days TAG discovered in 2021 fall into this category: developed by commercial providers and sold to and used by government-backed actors. TAG is actively tracking more than 30 vendors with varying levels of sophistication and public exposure selling exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed actors.

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Why this Pixel engineer chose Google Taiwan

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns, apprentices and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.Today’s post is all about Gordon Kuo, a Taiwan-based engineer on the Pixel Mobile Wireless Team.…

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Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns, apprentices and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post is all about Gordon Kuo, a Taiwan-based engineer on the Pixel Mobile Wireless Team. He shares what makes Google Taiwan a unique place for engineers to work and advice for anyone interested in applying to Google.

What’s your role at Google?

I’m an engineering lead on the Pixel Mobile Wireless team. Our goal is to help connect people across the world with Google Pixel phones. We solve hardware and software challenges and work with different teams to improve functionality and performance. We talk about everything from design and bug fixes to performance optimization, which makes every day feel different. I love that no matter what we’re working on, it’s always interesting and helpful.

How did you land in your current role?

After completing my PhD in Computer Networking, I started my career at a Taiwanese integrated circuit (IC) design company. After that, I worked on modems at a technology company in China for several years. During that time, I had a few friends and former colleagues at Google, and when we spoke about their jobs and the company culture, everyone shared really positive experiences. Getting the chance to build a career around work that I enjoy was one of the biggest draws. So I applied and interviewed — and now, two years in, I’m leading a team.

What was your application and interview experience like?

Above everything, my recruiter was really supportive, which helped make the process feel much more straightforward. I actually applied and interviewed for another engineering position at first, but I didn’t end up getting it. I was disappointed at the time, but it wasn’t long before my recruiter shared another position that was even more aligned with my skills and career goals. Finding the right fit doesn’t always happen right away, and I appreciated that my recruiter was so committed to setting me up for success.

What have you learned about leadership since joining Google?

Google is a place where people truly listen and communicate openly. Because of this, I’ve learned to never assume anything. Instead, I put in the time to better understand my team and others we work with. It’s important to stay on the same page when you’re leading a team or project, and that requires respect and regular communication.

What makes Google Taiwan such a special place to work?

Taiwan is home to world-class integrated circuit design companies and is known for its thriving manufacturing industry. There’s a lot of exciting product development work happening here too, and it’s one of our largest sites in Asia. In fact, Taiwan is our largest hardware hub outside of the U.S. — with an engineering team that is uniquely skilled in both software and hardware integration. We collaborate with other functions and teams worldwide, and have opportunities to lead important projects from start to finish. From working on widely used products to building and leading a team, I’ve had growth opportunities here that I couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago. I’m continually inspired by the work we do.

On a more personal note, Taiwan is a relatively small island, easy to get around and nestled between the beach and the mountains — it’s a pretty nice place to work!

You recently participated in a live-streamed event about career opportunities at Google Taiwan. Can you tell us more about that?

The event was aimed at helping potential candidates learn more about technical career opportunities at Google Taiwan and what it’s like to work with us. I really enjoyed the conversation! If anyone is interested, they can watch the recording.

What advice do you have for aspiring Googlers?

Work closely with your recruiter! My recruiter guided me through Google’s interview process, shared tips about how to answer leadership-based questions and gave me insight into what the technical interview would be like. I hadn’t experienced this kind of interview support and care before, and it went a long way in helping me prepare. If you’re applying for an engineering role, I recommend doing programming exercises to practice your coding abilities. I also revisited my textbooks to review material, brushed up on my skills and searched for tips online from previous interviewees. Going through an interview process can be nerve-wracking, but the best thing you can do is just go for it.

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