Google Looks to Break Down Google+ Into Three Areas; Hangouts, Photos, and Stream

In a recent interview between Forbes and Google’s Sundar Pichai, the Google+ service as we know it today may change drastically in the near future. According to Sundar, who currently oversees everything in relation to Android, Chrome, Google Apps, Maps, Google+, and other sectors at Google, Google+ is currently seen as a single area, but the company hopes to break it down into three in the future.

Sundar stated in the interview, “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.”  (more…)

Google Acquires Odysee Photo and Video Storage Provider, Team Joins Google+

Odysee, a photo and video storage/sharing service which had an iOS and Android app, were acquired by Google this week, with the future of the service now taking place on the Google+ team.

Users of the application received a message this morning, stating that service would come to a halt on February 23. If you do have photos and videos on the service, don’t worry, as they are not yet disappearing. For the time being, once the shutdown date comes, users can download an archive of their content for safekeeping.  (more…)

So Social: It’s 2015, are You Following Droid Life?

Now that we have entered the post-CES period of 2015, a time that we consider to be the true beginning of the year, we wanted to check in and remind you that there are plenty of ways to keep up with Droid Life throughout the next twelve months and beyond. Our social game has spread to almost everywhere it can these days, so if one network doesn’t work for you, there is a good chance we are on another that does. From Twitter to Facebook to Google+ to Pushbullet, you should have no trouble keeping up with us.

Below, you will find links to all of the places that we connect with readers. Be sure to follow us on one or many.  (more…)

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…)