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!
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…)
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.
Via: +Virgil Dobjanschi
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…)
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…)
A new Google+ update to version 4.1 was announced this morning by G+ developer Virgil Dobjanschi. The update is a good one, as it includes new way to switch between accounts that isn’t such a pain in the a**. No more of that signing in and out of account, stuff. You’ll also find access to Google Drive photos and videos through G+, with Drive photos getting enhanced and “awesome’d” automatically, just like your other photos. (more…)
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…)
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…)