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.
Are you a part of the almost 30 million Formspring users but felt left out in the Android app dept? Your time has come now that Formspring has officially delivered an Android application. Check out the social network on your smartphone while on the go as it allows you to arrange small question and answer forums for your family and friends. You can ask questions, toss in photos and even embed a video for all to share.
With the official Formspring Android App, you can respond to friends on the go, ask questions, and share photos to get your friends’ responses to just about anything from anywhere.
* Ask a question to your friends and contacts.
* Send photos from anywhere and get responses.
* Respond to questions with text or a photo.
* Smile at responses, and see who smiled at yours.
* Choose to follow publicly or privately.
The only issue reported by users with this application is that if you’re a Galaxy Nexus owner, it tends to excessively force close. So, if you jumped on the G-Nex train when it launched, you’ll have to patiently wait for the dev to push out an update. Other than that, you should be golden. Ready for the download? Check out the Android Market link below or feel free to scan the QR code for an even added convenience. Enjoy.
GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.
Along with real-time conversations, they have redesigned the user experience to be more chat-like. You will find a new home screen that is basically a menu that helps you get to where you want quickly, and the check-in flow is now streamlined as it now takes one less screen to check-in.
If you don’t already have GetGlue you have to give it a try. Download links below.
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The GameFly app for Android just received a major update to 2.0, which adds its social network for gamers. The social network has already been available on the iPhone since April 2011, and now Android users can connect with other Android users or across platforms. The update supports smartphones and tablets and includes the following features:
- Create a profile page and browse others’ profiles
- Find new people to play with on Xbox LIVE, PSN & Wii
- Post updates and share info with followers
- Follow friends and other gamers, and discover what they’re playing
- View recent activity around any game
- Comment on others’ posts and see comments on your posts
- Get notifications when people comment on your posts
- Connect Facebook and Twitter accounts seamlessly with the GameFly App
- GameFly members have the option to share the games they add to their GameQ or decide to keep
You can download it now from the Android Market or hit our apps database for the QR code. It will soon be available in the Amazon Appstore and NOOK Store.
Another screen shot and full press release after the break:
Google has announced that they will be “soft launching” their new Photovine service by the end of the month which is a sort of social network for pics. Unlike its competition, Flickr, this service will allow you to create vines by uploading photos to share and watching others add to them with relevant and funny photos of their own. Check out the trailer below of how it works. One thing I noticed however, is in the commercial they’re touting the mobile portion of the service on an iPhone. One hopes and ASSumes that Google will not launch the service without at least having an Android application ready. However, they’ve been known to do it before. Only time will tell so stay tuned. Hit the source link to sign up and receive an invite. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
[via photovine by engadget]
For your added convenience, Seesmic, the popular Twitter client, has added some new functionality to the mix. If you download the app now, you’ll find a slew of new “short cut” features, making for a new super fast user experience. It seems that Seesmic has heard what the masses have been asking for and has delivered seamlessly. Hit the break to check out the video below of the app in action and to view more screen shots of the new functionality. And as always, feel free to fire away in the comments. Head on over to our apps database for more info and to snag the download.
Layar is a popular app that makes looking for information around you fun and intuitive by providing an augmented reality browsing experience. There are over 2,000 layars to choose from now within the app, and they’ve recently added some animation to the 3D objects, as well as Twitter and facebook functionality for sharing those gems you may find in your travels.
The new version 5.0.1 will work on any Android OS version 1.5 and up and has the following additions in its release;
- Layar 5.0.1 fixes a force close problem after installation of 5.0 and of course still includes our new features:
- The ability to take screenshots in AR view and share them or layers with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
- Layer are no longer limited to static content. Now icons and 3D models can come alive with animation.
- It’s easier to keep track of your favorite and most recently viewed layers with an improved and easier to use user interface.
It’s Free and available in the mrket now, or through our Talk Android App Section.
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Our good friends over at Waze — the GPS-meets-social-networking app — are running a contest today only (sorry for the late notice!) to give away a free Nintendo 3DS. The contest actually sounds really fun, and I wish I’d been able to give you guys more notice, because we’re looking at just a few hours left. But here’s how the contest works:
1. Download & open the FREE Waze app for your Android phone
2. Register your Waze profile (you must be a registered user to win!)
3. Once an hour, Mario™ will appear on the map – When you see him, tap him!
4. Tap “Navigate” to follow Mario and route to your nearest Nintendo launch event and collect mushrooms and coins along the way!
5. Collect the final power-up star to be automatically entered into the drawing for a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS™ system, video games, and more!
6. Head inside to the launch event and check out the new Nintendo 3DS in action!
Waze is a totally cool app, and I recommend checking it out even if you miss the contest, but if you’re reading this today, be sure and download the app and check it out…who knows, you might be the lucky winner of a new 3DS!
As most people know, it seems like there’s a social network and club for everything these days, so why not for those who enjoy the occasional brewski as well? That’s right, a social network for beer drinkers. I would have loved to have been the fly on the wall when this idea was birthed. I’m sure it was over a couple of…..beers. As most of our drinking pals by now know, the popular Untappd web application (now optimized for Android) recently added a new feature to its beer check-in service. Untappd now allows you to rate your favorite beers on a scale of one to five bottle caps. Of course, you also have the option to change that rating as you see fit. Hit the break for more info and pics.
If you thought Facebook and Twitter were all the craze lately, well, then, you’re right. However, there is a rapidly growing mobile social network site that is putting a slight twist on things, and that is, they are gearing it towards Android users and developers. I recently had the pleasure of signing up for Everbadge, by GamerShots.com and instantly had easy access to innumerable amounts of badges, wallpapers, tons of games and apps along with some pretty laid back Android folk. The site touts a free and easy environment for developers to showcase their newly developed apps. You can also meet new people and decide to follow or chat with them, exchange ideas, or just flat out argue over which Android device is better.