Download: New Google+ 4.2.0 With New Photo Features

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A new Google+ update has already begun to rollout as build 4.2.0.55778941, and we’re only a couple of hours removed from Google’s event. The update changes up a couple of items, most notably the photo area. That’s no surprise since today’s announcements all surrounded photo and video handling through the social network. If you want to start taking advantage of things like Auto Awesome Movie and better photo searching, feel free to sideload the update through one of the links below.  (more…)

Google+ Claims 540m Active Users – Introduces Auto Awesome Video, Better Auto Enhance, and More

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Google+ users, get ready for more Awesome. Thanks to updates announced this morning during a live Hangout, you can expect the photo and video experiences through Google’s social network to get additional muscle in the very near future. We’re talking Auto Awesome for  videos, better control over Auto Enhance, new features for Auto Awesome photos, improved editing tools, full-size backups, and more.  (more…)

Watch “A Morning With Google+” Live

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At any moment, Google should begin their “A morning with Google+” event which is streamed live to the world on YouTube. We’d imagine we will see lots of Google+ talk, new features, both web and app related, and probably not much else. This doesn’t exactly scream “Nexus event!” to us. One report already suggests that we’ll see Auto Awesome for videos, a feature that has been available to photos on G+ for some time. Other than that, the rest is not confirmed.

There is apparently some sort of power outage at the Google-plex this morning, so the event hasn’t begun yet. It should start soon.

Google Announces Event for Tomorrow Morning…Only Google+ Related

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I think we now know why Vic Gundotra couldn’t sleep last night. Tomorrow, at 9:30AM Pacific, the Google+ team will hold a live event to discuss “a few updates.” That’s fun and all, especially since we’ve grown more and more attached to G+, but it’s not exactly what we were hoping for. Unless it involves Hangouts and Google Voice. Or comes on the heels of the big Android announcement.

Still interested in why he pinged Sundar Pichai last night. Maybe there is more? OK, I’m hypebeasting now. Move along.

Via:  +Vic Gundotra | Event Page

Cheers Matt, Dan and Derrick!

YouTube Comments Soon Won’t be so Terrible Thanks to Google+

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This news isn’t necessarily Android-related, but YouTube is as big of a Google service as any, and we wanted to make sure you were aware. Comments on YouTube videos and in channel discussion tabs will no longer be quite as terrible thanks to the incorporation of Google+ comments. The discussion tab comment overhaul has already begun, but comments in actual video pages won’t rollout for some time, though you can see an example of what they will look like above.  (more…)

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

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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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Via:  +Virgil Dobjanschi

Motorola VP Says Moto X Dev Editions and Other Carriers Rolling Out in “Days”

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The official launch of the Moto X has come and gone, but the only people that can pick one up are the customers on AT&T. Motorola has been vocal about plans to bring the device to all the major carriers in the US, but we haven’t heard anything close to a solid date for when we can expect them. Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP of Product Management has taken to his Google+ account to drop a hint that it might not be too long before we see more Moto X launches. (more…)

Google+ V4.1 Update Now Rolling Out to the Masses, Chromecast App Too

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The sizable version 4.1 update for Google+ on Android that was teased earlier in the week is now rolling out to the masses. To recap, this update makes profile switching much easier, introduces Google Drive photo management, pull-to-refresh in the stream and notifications, improves location settings, and officially swaps out Messenger with Hangouts. It’s a good one, trust me.

On a Chromecast front, the Chromecast app was updated to fix discovery problems that many devices were struggling with. Hopefully, this means that the OG DROID RAZR phones are not capable of casting fun(more…)