Posts tagged with: Google Plus
  • by | April 16, 2014 5:07 PM

    For the past couple weeks, leaks have been revealing Google's work to spruce up the design behind several of its Android apps. First we saw a new Gmail, then Calendar, and finally a home screen that sported new icon designs. Whether or not any of this is tied to those Project Hera rumors is anyone's guess, but evidence of the overhaul continues today, as we get to check out some leaked screenshots of the Android Google+ app. Those circular icons are back in a big way (just like the circular g+ icon from that home screen leak), and we see the recurring design choice of using bold stripes of ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 7:05 PM

    The new Google Now Launcher for Nexus and GPe devices isn't the only software coming out of Mountain View today, and thankfully this next one stands to be useful to a whole lot more Android users than just the owners of those handful of models: a new update to Google+ is on its way out, and the name of the game is photos, photos, photos. Photography has been on our minds the last few times we talked about Google+ and the company doesn't let us down today, delivering new filters, viewing modes, and editing tools. For instance, you can now view all your pics in one display, whether they're ...

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  • by | December 11, 2013 2:56 PM

    Yesterday, we saw Google's lineup of Play Experience devices make some big gains, adding the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet and Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet to its selection. The reaction to this news seemed overwhelmingly positive for both models. It would figure that a good thing like this wouldn't last, and today we get our first touch of something really worth disliking about these models, as it's revealed that neither will have the traditional Gallery app for viewing, editing, and sharing your photos. Instead, Google's providing only the new Photos app (and sure coming off like it wants to shove ...

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  • by | December 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    Google would really love it if you were using Google+, and this year it's really been stepping up its effort to lure users to its platform. That's led to it making some decisions we found pretty questionable, like instead of giving users the ability to apply more photo filters at an app level, instead demanded they upload their pics to Google+ in order to take advantage of the company's impressive “Auto Awesome” processing. The idea of an emphasis on services rather than software is no more appealing to us now than it was then, but our hearts are at least softened for the moment as we ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 5:53 PM

    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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  • by | November 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    Are you using Google+ yet? Google would REALLY like it if you did, as is abundantly clear from the recent (and widely condemned) push to make YouTube commenting exclusive to Google+ users. But let's say you've already tasted the Kool-Aid and are along for the ride; in that case we've got some good news for you, with word that a number of improvements are hitting the Google+ Android app today. You may have already experimented with sending photos from your phone's gallery to friends' handsets using NFC and Android Beam, and now that same support extends to your Google+ photos. Those photos ...

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  • by | October 29, 2013 3:22 PM

    Yesterday, Google revealed plans for an announcement today. Nexus 5? Android 4.4? If only we were so lucky. Right from the get-go, the company was clear that this was to be focused clearly on Google+, and sure enough, this was no misdirection for a secret Nexus 5 launch – Google+ is what was promised, and Google+ is what we got. Even without that new phone, there was still a lot to announce, with most of it focused on improvements to Hangouts and the Google+ photo and video experience. Hangouts for Android is finally getting SMS integration, as had been foretold. There's also new support ...

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