Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google+ might be killed off after Vic Gundotra’s departure


Earlier today, Vic Gundotra left Google. Gundotra’s primary responsibility within the company was their (in)famous social network, Google+. Now that he’s leaving the company, many are wondering what’s going to happen to G+ in the coming months, and while no one has a crystal clear answer, sources are confirming that the social network is going to see some drastic changes and cutbacks.

The biggest change is that Google will stop considering G+ as a product, but instead as a platform. This means Google won’t be trying to compete with networks like Twitter, but will instead use the social network as a launching point for other products. A Google spokesperson denied those claims, but according to some other sources, Google is shuffling around teams away from Google+, so that denial may not hold much water. Read more

Google+ adds view counts to user profiles

talkandroid_plusGoogle+ has added another metric to user profiles. You can now see how many views a profile’s posts and pictures have received. The number is visible in the header of the profile, right next to the number of followers. If that’s not really your style, you can hide the number from your profile in the settings, the same way you can hide the number of circles you are a part of.

While you’re checking out the new feature, go ahead and put +Talk Android in your circles.

Source: +Eddie Kessler


Google updates Google+ app for Android focusing on photos, but has to temporarily halt rollout


Google started rolling out an update for the Google+ client on Android devices today. The bulk of the improvements involve the Photos app with support for Android Beam so images can be shared via NFC, an option to uses Photos as part of Daydream when the screensaver is running, and the ability to pull up photo details from a dropdown menu. This last feature has been well received by many, showing that not all improvements have to be some awesome new function. In addition to the new capabilities added for Photos, Google has fixed a problem with Locations that was causing friends’ current locations to not display properly. Read more

Google takes another step in bringing better commenting to YouTube


Anyone who has spent any time on the Internet knows that YouTube’s comment system may best be described as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy” as Obi-Wan would say. To combat that impression and clean the place up, YouTube has started to implement some changes to turn comments into conversations. One piece of that effort is the move to require a Google+ account to be able to leave a comment, similar to the strategy used to clean up the Google Play feedback system. After rolling out some new comment features back in September on a limited basis, YouTube announced today that they are expanding this to all videos you may be watching on the service.

One change visitors will note is that “Top Comments” will move to the top of the comment feed. Posts from the video’s creator, popular personalities, threads that are judged “engaging” based on up ratings, and people in your Google+ circles will be listed first. If you really want to see comments chronologically regardless of the quality of the content, an option to switch to “Newest First” will be available.

YouTube is also making it possible for commenters to limit accessibility to their comments to different levels, like the public, only people in chosen Circles, or even just specific individuals. YouTube says replies will be threaded to help make it easier to follow the conversations.

Finally, if you post videos on your channel on YouTube, the service is providing some new tools to let you moderate comments before they are posted, block certain words, or auto-approve posts from known fans.

Check out the video below for more on the new commenting system, then head over to the TalkAndroid channel to see it in action while you watch some of our videos.

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source: YouTube Creators Blog

Google announces a Google+ event for tomorrow, still no Nexus 5 news


At this point, I’m pretty sure Google enjoys trolling the internet. They recently held a Google Play event where seemingly nothing noteworthy happened, and today, Google has announced an event for tomorrow… just for Google+ updates. No hardware, no software, just news about a “few updates” to their social network. I’m sure it’ll still be an interesting event, and there’s probably some cool stuff planned.

That Nexus 5 has to be announced sometime, right?

source: Google+

Top 5 photo and video gallery replacement apps for Android [October 2013]

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Most of us use our smartphones as our primary camera, and we’ve already shown you the best apps for taking photos as well as editing them. There’s still another piece to that puzzle: apps for viewing your artistic creations. Sure, you could use the built-in gallery app on your phone, but there are plenty of excellent alternatives in the Play Store that give you more flexibility over organizing and viewing your pictures. In this guide, we’re going to go over the top ones. Hit the break to get started. Read more

Google+ Android app update includes photo enhancement and auto-backup features

google_plus_photosThe Google+ Photos enhancements that were announced last week were already available on the web, and they have now been added to the Android app as well.

Auto-backup is added in the update to automatically backup user’s photos taken on their phone to the cloud, of course with permission. Snapseed features are also included. Users can use tweaks like cropping, rotating, and exposure adjustments, as well as the popular filters Snapseed offers. Google’s own “Auto-awesome” feature which was demonstrated at the I/O is also available in the app after the update. Searching for the best photos is also improved in the update, using the new “highlights” feature which allows Google to pick and display the best photos from an album on the main page of that album.

Among the other features the update offers are improved location sharing and automatic related hashtags. You can download the updated app through the link after the break. Read more

Google+ Hangouts for desktop now allows remote control of other computers


If you’re constantly heading over to the homes of friends and family to supply some tech support, Google+ now provides a much more simple solution, via Hangouts Remote Desktop.  Powered by the same technology behind Chrome Remote Desktop, this new feature will provide a much more efficient way of getting things done.

Of course this application requires permission, so you don’t have to worry about hackers being able to swiftly commandeer your desktop without your approval.

Instructions to use the application are after the break. Read more

Google+ Now Allows Animated GIF Profile Photos


Google+ has supported animated gifs since the very beginning and along with its major app update, has also announced the ability to have animated profile photos. When you upload an animated GIF as your profile photo, it will animate on your profile page on both mobile and desktop. Fortunately, Google+ made it to where your photo will not animate within the stream, otherwise that could be incredibly distracting. If you aren’t sure how to go about making an animated GIF, simply doing a Google search for “How to create a gif” will point you in the right direction.

Source: Google+ Page