Posts tagged with: Google Plus
  • by |

    Social networking: it ain't for everyone. Or maybe it is for you, but you've already found the network you like to call home, and you'd rather not be bothered keeping up with every competitor popping their head up like an inquisitive prairie dog. Google+ has found itself the target of a lot of that too-many-networks resentment, especially as users interpreted a number of Google's actions as trying to force Google+ upon them – like it or not. To the company's credit, it's been easing up on such practices recently, and last month we got word that Google Play Games was no longer going to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet in a seemingly losing social network battle against heavyweight champion Facebook, somewhat surprisingly holding the advantage over Twitter in active user numbers and constantly improving the G Plus UI. To be fair, constant might be a bit of an understatement, as at least on Android, the Google+ app has already gained three updates this year. One major, and a couple smaller ones, though the latest “minor” bump comes with its share of significant functionality enhancements. Most notably, “faster and safer browsing of Web sites”, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Whether we're interacting with a new social network, organizing a get-together, or just sending out some old-fashioned emails, there are a lot of good reasons for an app to tap into our ever-growing list of personal contacts. Between info we gather ourselves, and stuff that can be pulled from online sources, our phones have access to a lot of data about our friends, relatives, and co-workers. On Android so far, giving apps access to all this stuff has been a bit of a hodgepodge of API calls, a consequence of the growing body of information that apps can draw from. Going forward, Google's ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Play a lot of games on your Android phone? You're probably in it to win it and that means getting onto the scoreboards. You're probably familiar with signing into Play Games every time you open up a game. Well, since Google's been reforming its permissions processing on Android Marshmallow and the Google Play Store, it should come as little surprise that the streamlining should carry over to here. The Android Developers Blog announced changes to its Games API to lessen the stops and stutters of the general entertainment experience. That slow-as-heck Play Games start-up prompt, for example? ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It’s not unusual for Google to simultaneously improve or refine several of its software products, with recent GMaps, Cardboard and Google Now Launcher updates shortly followed by a minor but noticeable G Plus Android makeover. The social network, which remains a tier 2 Facebook rival despite continuous efforts from the search giant to better its accessibility, hipness and user interface, received a major visual overhaul last fall, but also plenty of bugs and stability issues in the process. Basically therefore, the 7.0 update of Google+ repairs everything its preceding refurbishment ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In addition to being a delicate, polarizing issue that the world’s largest provider of online search services is still fighting in courts around the old continent, the right to be forgotten concept put into practice by the European Union last year apparently requires a lot of time and resources spent by Google. And we mean a lot, with a grand total of 348,508 claims filed since May 2014, concerning more than 1.2 million URLs, of which the now Alphabet-owned search giant only removed 42 percent. That’s a lofty 441,778 results nonetheless, and of course, Google had to properly evaluate ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google's social network has never been an easy sell. The company launched it at a time when Facebook was already an unstoppable juggernaut, and many users questioned the need for another social outlet. Then there were those who pushed back against Google's efforts to tie Google+ to the company's other products, as if it were leveraging their own popularity to force users to interact with a social network they didn't explicitly want. But over the years we've seen Google's approach to Google+ become less aggressive, and the users who really did enjoy the sense of community it offered found ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    What happened to Google's plans to re-tool Android photo backup, moving away from Google+ and towards Google Drive, as we've been hearing rumored recently? Word was, this change was likely to take place last week, but the weekend arrived without any obvious motion in that direction? Well, the ETA may have been a little off, but today we finally see the news made official, as Google explains just how this shift will work. Google Drive picks up a new Photos section, where you'll now be able to find pics previously saved with Google+ Photos. But Google's not getting rid of Google+ Photos, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    You know those people who go out to a nice restaurant, order a spread of mouth-watering food, and then the moment it arrives at their table, whip out their smartphones to Instagram the heck out of it? On the scale of technology related social faux pas, it falls somewhere short of wearing Google Glass to an AA meeting, and truth be told, it's probably something we've been guilty of more than once ourselves. Regardless of whether or not you're a particular fan of the practice, it seems that Google may be working to give food-photo lovers some new ways to share and access such shots, as ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We're no stranger to Google updating its software on Wednesdays, and each week we look forward to news of a few apps picking up a tweak, bugfix, or new feature here and there. While normally that means a handful of apps being tapped for updates, this week's lineup is a bit larger than most, with at least a dozen Android apps seeing updates headed their way today. This isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, but new updates are available today for Blogger, Chrome (as well as Chrome Beta), Gmail, Google+, Maps, Messenger, News & Weather, Play Games, Play Music, Search, and Text-to-Speech. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google's long-term goals for Google+ and how it ties in with the rest of the company's software and services may still be up in the air (and Google itself isn't doing much to prevent such speculation), but as far as the present is concerned, we've been expecting a pretty decent UI refresh to come to the Google+ Android app, as featured in a leak that surfaced last month. Today we finally see the updated app start to go public, and feature-wise, it's a doozy. First up, Google introduces Google+ Stories and Movies. Stories is designed to compile media and metadata into an easy-to-refer-to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    A bit under a month ago, we shared with you a pretty controversial rumor, suggesting that Google could be thinking about making some major changes to Google+ concerning the role the social network would hold in the company's broader strategy. Specifically, we heard that Google might downplay the extent to which Google+ and all its social interactions would be pushed upon users, and it might instead evolve into something more like a universal sign-in; really, a lot like Google accounts before Google+ came around in the first place. While we're far from getting confirmation of this theory, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The "flagship killer" that demands that you "NEVER SETTLE" breaks cover. The pioneer of the modern mobile browser shares his story. And at long last, Microsoft and Nokia finally consummate their love. We could have a feature segment, but with news this hot, do we really need one? Not with a guest like Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump to bring some flavor (and profanity) to the proceedings, that's for sure. A word on the language of this episode: we've recently ditched the "Clean" content rating that's been with us from the start of the Weekly, trading it in for Apple's ominous "Explicit" ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Yesterday brought the unexpected news that Google's Vic Gundotra was leaving the company. Gundotra had been one of the key figures behind Google+, so we wondered what his departure might mean for the fate of the service and its integration with everything else under Google's umbrella. News that Google would promote a new Google+ head from within the existing team had us assuming that things would be business as usual, even in Gundotra's absence, but a new report claims that Google may instead be reconsidering what role it wants Google+ playing, and could even massively tone down the extent ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    As Android smartphone users are only all too aware, Google+ is a major component of Google's mobile strategy; fire-up a recent Android device for the first time, and if you're not already a Google+ user, expect to be prompted time and time again to register as such. From chat to photo filters, Google+ is slowly making its presence felt across every corner of the Android experience. The Google+ project has been headed-up thus far by Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra (above, center), but in a surprise announcement this afternoon, Gundotra has revealed that he's not just relinquishing the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    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 ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version