Google+ Update Coming Today to Android – New Navigation Drawer, Syncing Notifications, and More

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A solid Google+ update was announced this morning, with availability happening via the web and Android first before moving onto iOS. The update introduces a new navigation drawer that is “more consistent with other Google apps.” We’re hoping that means you can access it with a swipe from the left side of the screen like almost all of the recently updated Google apps. The new Android app will also show number of +1′s, comments and reshares in posts, plus you’ll be able to delete photos from the Photos view.

In terms of notifications, the Google+ team is introducing syncing across devices, so you no longer have to see the same notifications from device to device if you have already checked them. They also tossed in a new notifications tray with a bell icon that lets you know if anything is waiting for you, and separated unread and read trays.

The update for Android should be out today, however, it’ll likely have a staged rollout so who knows when you’ll get it.  (more…)

Brand New Google+ App Introduced for Android With Location Sharing, “Great” Photos, and Better Stream Exploring

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At Google I/O last week, the Google+ team unveiled the new web UI for their social sharing service along with a number of new features. We wondered at the time when all of this new goodness would arrive on Android – that time is now. The update for Android is being described as a “a brand new Android app.” So this is somewhat of a new beast altogether, with new ways to explore content, “great” photo experiences, and location sharing with Circles. There is a lot in here, so let’s talk about it.  (more…)

Hangouts for Android and Chrome is Live!

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Google Hangouts, the new unified and cross-platform messaging service announced by Google at I/O, is now live on all platforms. For most of us, we care about Chrome and Android, but if you are an iOS user, you can find it in the App Store as well. Go grab it!

To install to your phone, you’ll need to install through the web Play store for the time being. This replaces Google Talk. Screenshots after the break!  (more…)

Google Announces Hangouts, Their New Cross-platform Messaging Service

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During today’s Google I/O keynote, Google and Vic Gundotra announced Hangouts, their new messaging service (previously codenamed Babel). It works across platforms, meaning it works on Chrome, Android, and iOS. It also utilizes cross-device notifications, which allows you to check one device and have the notifications on others clear away. This is the unified chat that has been rumored for weeks now.

The service should go live some time today.

Update:  Hangouts in live in Google Play!   (more…)

Google Merges Storage Between Drive, Gmail and G+ Photos, 15GB For Everyone and 30GB for Apps Users

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Last year with the launch of Google Drive, Google revamped their storage options for your data in the cloud. However, the data you had in your Drive account was separated from that storage you had in Gmail, which was also different from the photo storage you had in Google+. Today, Google announced that they are taking all that storage space and making them all into a tight little package for everyone. All Google users now have a free 15GB of storage space across the three applications and Google Apps users will receive 30GB of space.  (more…)

Google Babel News: Google Voice Support “Eventually” Coming, Synced Notifications, “First Class” iOS Experience

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Whenever Google Babel does arrive for public consumption, we’re starting to believe it will be everything we have ever asked for in a unified messenger service. We’re talking synced notifications, cross-platform conversation experiences, a new UI, photo sharing, quick access to live video chats, and on-the-record chat history viewing from anywhere. According to sources of ours who have shared new information with us (including a feature list), we’re getting all of this and more.  (more…)