Google+ Gains Auto Enhance for Videos on Mobile and Web Platforms

The Auto Enhancement feature of Google+ can often smooth the roughest edges of a less-than-perfect picture, like red-eye and poor lighting. Now, Google’s applying that same cloud-powered intelligence to your videos.

Announced last week in a post by Software Engineer for Google+ Photos Tim St. Clair, Google’s social network is gaining auto enhancement and backup for video. That entails automatically improved quality for clips uploaded via the official application or web, which can be viewed side-by-side with the originals on a desktop computer.  (more…)

Hangouts Update Introduces Stickers, Smart Suggestions, Timestamps and More (Updated: APK)

Hangouts for Android is receiving a solid update today that introduces stickers, smart suggestions in conversations, timestamps, and more. Announced in the early hours of the day, the Hangouts team mentioned that the update will begin rolling out at some point later day, along with a few extras they want us to discover on our own. One of those unmentioned features must be an app makeover, which you can clearly see in the action bar in the screenshots above.  (more…)

Google’s App Suite Getting Updated, Includes Updates for Gmail, Maps, and Play Music

A gang of updates are hitting Google Play this morning, covering a large part of Google’s entire suite of apps. Included are updates for Maps, Google+, Play Music, Search, Gmail, and more.

While the updates are hitting devices, there is still little detail as to what is inside, but since all of these apps have received Material Design makeovers, you should not expect anything too fancy. If anything, it is minor bug fixing and tweaks. If you spot something serious, let us know below.  (more…)

Lumific is a Solid Gallery Alternative for Those Not Wanting to Use Google’s Photos

A number of you who recently updated to Lollipop have made it clear to us that you are not at all excited about the fact that the stock gallery option on Nexus devices has turned into the Photos app that is attached to Google+. I think it’s safe to say that not all of us are ready to just hand over our entire photo collection to Google’s social network and cloud. And there is nothing wrong with that.

So what kinds of options do you have in the third party world for a gallery app? You may want to check out Lumific(more…)

Google is Halloweenifying Your Photos Through Google+

To get into the Halloween spirit, the Photos app from Google+ is now Halloweenifying your photos, allowing you to create your very own spooky scenes or scary portraits.

Creating your own Auto Awesome photos with Halloween effects is very easy. To start, open up the Photos app on your device, then hit the three star button in the top right corner. From there, select either Spooky or Fun Effect. Then, choose your photo. Once you hit “okay,” Google+ does its magic.  (more…)

Google+ Update Polishes Up the UI With More Material Design

Google+ received a minor update (4.6.0.76908267) on Android this morning, flush new Material Design tweaks. From what we can tell, there aren’t any new major features, but the app is certainly more polished than ever as we approach an Android L launch.

If you compare this new G+ to the old, you will see changes to the post button (now red), polish in menus, a simpler Photos layout, and a general flattening of all the things.

We have the .apk below in case the update hasn’t arrived on your device through Google Play.  (more…)