Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google+ Reaches 400 Million Total Users And 100 Million Active Users Per Month


Vic Gundotra announced today that Google+, in just one year, has hit the 400 million total user milestone. He also mentioned that Google’s social network has 100 million active users per month, including both Web and mobile users. It still has some catching up to do to reach Facebook’s 955 million active users per month, but it took Facebook much longer than a year to reach those numbers.

With Android activating over a million devices daily, Google+ only stands to keep growing, and that’s a good thing. Personally, I prefer Google’s UI over Facebook’s, and the overall user experience feels cleaner. But with so many people I know still on Facebook and not “upgraded” to G+, both social networks are still required. This is most likely true for most of us.

Do you use Google+? Exclusively, or in combination with Facebook? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

source: vic gundotra on google+

Google+ updated with many improvements including resharing posts

The Google+ app has been updated, and with a few improvements that most of us have been not so patiently waiting for. If you are a regular user of Google+ like I am you’ll find this a welcome update. There are a number of enhancements in this latest version of the G+ app that I personally have been fairly vocal about in various initial posts, replies to post, and feedback sent from the application. Occasionally, these thoughts have even been directed to the Lead Product Manager of Google+ Games and Mobile, Punit Soni. As a Google employee he is quite active on Google+, and has even on occasion responded to requests, questions and suggestions from the Google fans. All of which are always much appreciated by us as avid Google+ users.

Now to the recent changes to Google+:

  • Improved notifications reliability (definitely needed from the start)
  • “_add to circle” notifications shown in bulk
  • Share stream posts to individual people (this is huge, and has been requested for a very long time)
  • Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile (also has been on my list of wanted features)
  • +mentions now autofill from your Circles (awesome!)
  • Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated (this used to annoy the heck out of me)
  • Nearby accuracy
  • Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
  • Hide 1:1 huddles
  • Clickable links in huddles
  • Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle

If you haven’t yet, go directly to your Android Market app and update your copy of Google+. Otherwise if you don’t yet have the app hit the source link or QR code below and get it!

Now, if you don’t even have a Google+ account yet, head over to the Google+ Invite thread in the TalkAndroid forums and leave your email *or* you can send me a private message and I’ll get an invite sent out to you ASAP.

[via market]

New tweak for 4.24.xx Evo Sense ROMs re-supports “N” wireless

Admit it… you love XDA. That’s okay – we do, too! Especially when we see things like this:  there is now a tweak available through xda-developers that allows users on 4.24.xx Sense ROMs on their Evo to utilize wireless N on their device – again. For those of you who updated to one of these ROMs, you probably (okay, maybe) noticed that your wireless N support had been cut. Why? We’re not really sure. However, what we are sure of is that you can get it back. According to XDA:

The dev found that the driver for this needed to be replaced for it to support N, so he took it upon himself and released a guide on how to get this functionality back on the EVO 4G. The dev gives two possible ways of getting this done, one of which involves adb and a few commands, while the other is simply flashing a zip file via recovery. Several members have tried this already and it seems to work well with some members reporting the longer range as well as increased speeds, typical on N networks.

Sounds good to us! For those N-missing-Evo-toters out there, if you try this out, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments! You can hit the original thread and instructions here.

[via xda]