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Google+ Update Rolling Out on Android – Introduces Auto Awesome Notifications


A mostly minor, bug fixing update to the Android Google+ update is rolling out today that does include one feature worth a mention – Auto Awesome notifications. As many of you know, Auto Awesome is Google+’s photo feature that takes similar photos, or those taken at specific location or time, and then combines them into things like animations, panoramas, or filmstrips. As the name suggests, it does this automatically for you behind the scenes. While that’s awesome and all, knowing that Google+ was making behind-the-scenes magic was difficult to realize unless you went into your photos and searched for “#autoawesome.” Well, until this new update.

In the most recent update, that is obviously on a staged rollout schedule, you will be notified whenever Google+ creates a new Auto Awesome photos (see image above). And that’s pretty much it.

Have you gone and searched G+ photos for #autoawesome? You may not even know that Google+ has created a handful out of your own pictures. I was certainly surprised to find a few.

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  • Tyler

    Sweet, I can’t wait for the next Droid-Life show to be in 720p hd when the HD rollout is complete. https://plus.google.com/+VicGundotra/posts/XY9GGhBCPKP

  • matt_helm

    I just hope it isn’t as bad as that map update they rolled out. Wow, that truly sucked.

  • Ryan Ropero

    Also read somewhere its introducing HD video as well

  • Leonardo Rojas

    G+ is frozen in device (Razr i). Maybe because of the Google Games I’ll enable it again to play and compete with someone I find.
    I like its communities, but can’t find time to really read and participate, if I do, reading in the browser seems enough. And I have no friends on G+. Ha
    Most of them still use feature phones, if some have an Android, it’s a pretty basic one so can’t even play multiplayper games nor compare any scores :/ And, most of them don’t have internet connection on it nor at home, so, even less interaction. Oh, if someone has it, it’s very slow. So slow that they actually only use it to do some work. And if their Androids have 3G data, their data plans are the cheapest available 🙁 which offers 50MB a month (plus 500 sms and 25 minutes for calls) for what for you would be 30$ per month. How sad is this?

    Anyway, I’ll check back G+ again n.n as I’ve recently discovered that having several processes from Gapps running all the time doesn’t affect the performance of my device. I disabled almost all system (Gapps mostly) and user processes that I seem not to use, checked and all was the same, snappy and smooth so I enable them all again hoping to find a use for them :/ But, with no friends to interact it’s difficult. I never actually got to use Latitude, you know? Haha

    Google should provide it’s GOOGLE FIBER to countries like mine (Peru) where operators give a shameful service with low quality internet connection, they even cap our connections!! And government is so stupid to react.

    Oh, sorry. I wrote to much n.n

    – L.

  • jbdan

    Love Google+. Family ONLY is connected. That way I don’t have to frequent the dreaded FB 🙂

  • Ricky

    How do u search my photos for this?

  • Raven

    Just be careful searching all of Google+ for #autoawesome. I had a very NSFW public animated image show up while scrolling through the first page of matches at work.

  • coolsilver

    Any way to auto backup/upload for only one account? Seems like new update has it on or off and no way to make sure one account gets your latest pictures.

  • rfranken

    communities is what keeps me coming back to G +

  • Ryan Ropero

    I use Google+ because I don’t have see 800 pictures of your cat in my timeline.

    • EdubE24

      And keeping Facebook folks off of it makes it even better!!

    • charles rogers

      Yeah im only interested in 800 pictures of my cat as an auto awesome!

      • Ryan Ropero

        Ok you may be onto something . ..

  • Searching for that #autoawesome tag has turned up some real gems I had no idea existed. This is great.

    • samari711

      No kidding. I just uploaded all my wedding pictures and G+ did some pretty awesome things.

  • The more important question is…did they close some API loophole in this update that’s going to upset Koush?

    • KleenDroid

      That was funny.

      However I do want his app for my Chromecast 🙂

  • jofficus44

    My wife and I are LOVING this feature on G+.

    With our new twins, we end up snapping dozens of pictures anyway, trying to get the right one. We noticed a few weeks earlier in the summer that G+ was stitching these multiple snaps into Uber-cute animated GIFs of the twins as they moved/shifted/giggled in between shots.

    Glad it will be easier to find these #autoawesome creations in the future =)

  • sc0rch3d

    i didn’t even know you could search #autoawesome. that brought up a slew of animated jiffies i didn’t know in my albums 🙂

  • fritzo2162

    I like Google+. I like it’s features. I just don’t have other people using it to make it worth it. When I do use G+’s features, it seems like I’m doing it accidentally (like sharing a photo or something).

    Facebook got users initially because of a free addictive game (Farmville). Twitter got everyone on board because it’s simple and drew a lot of celebrity attention. Google+ has cool features, but nothing that entices people to use it. It’s kind of like having a party in a mansion and nobody knows they’re invited.

    • Ryan

      Engage other users and follow other people to build your network. Join communities to find other people that have similar interests.

      • fritzo2162

        I tried that and seemed to get spammed with useless notifications every 5 minutes. They didn’t have a notification filter the last time I tried it.

        • MacNificent

          You just have to mute that post and you won’t receive notifications anymore

        • Justin Barrett

          This is my problem with G+. When you try to have intelligent dialogue, you get the spammers, folks who just say “hi”, and other nonsense. It’s distracting and brings down the whole quality feel of the network.

          • Leonardo Rojas

            Facebook is plagued with those as much as the US is plagued with transgenic cancerous food and crop fields, man. It’s not a G+ exclusive, ha n.n

          • heatherclick89

            If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
            Then don’t waste time and move to… Bay35.coℳ

          • Ryan

            Just block them. Easy peasy.

          • Justin Barrett

            That’s a lot of people to block.

          • michael arazan

            I don’t like that G+ is trying to change my Youtube account. My original YouTube account would not sync back when I got my Galaxy nexus for some odd reason that I could not find a solution for, and now it is trying to create a new one. I accidentally changed it on my N7 because I wasn’t paying attention and can’t change it back and the settings in youtube on the N7 changed.

        • Ryan

          As MacNificent says – Just mute the post after you no longer desire to be notified of the post. It’s the equivalent of “unfollow” post on facebook. You can also turn off notifications for communities.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Once people start to pick up on the power of having 1 account for everything, the number will tally up. Soon, very soon.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      myVegas is the only game worth playing on FB.

    • Ian Smith

      while i agree with most everything you said, i think the initial allure of facebook was the exclusivity of it. people “had to have it”. google+? not so much.

      it’s such a great platform, wish more people used it. i do think that google is slowly moving more of us android users towards it – for that, i am thankful.

    • Well, that’s because nobody’s invited to my mansion party!

    • Shane Redman

      Actually most ppl got on Facebook when it was just for Colleges. Then they slowly rolled to High Schools. Then the parents of these kids wanted in. Then the businesses.