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Google+ Gets 41 New Features, Including Stream Redesign [Google I/O 2013]

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Google+ Gets 41 New Features, Including Stream Redesign [Google I/O 2013]
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At Google I/O 2013, Google announced that Google+ was going to get 41 new features in the coming year. Those new features will be added to three key areas – stream, hangouts and photos.

The first major change is an entire upheaval of the Google+ stream on desktop from a single column to a multi-column design. Some photos and videos will take up multiple columns while smaller stories will take up one out of three columns.

Google is also introducing a new feature called related hashtags. In short, it tags stories based on contextual clues from photos and posts. One example is a photo of the Eifel Tower being tagged #eifeltower based solely on Google’s image algorithm recognizing the subject of the photo.

For Hangouts, Google is introducing an app called Hangouts that’s separate from Google+. It’s kind of like Facebook Messenger, but with all of the sharing and video chat capabilities found in Google+ Hangouts. Google says that those participating in the Hangout app will feel like they’re in the same room together.

Photos on Google+ will be adopting a new philosophy of “Your darkroom is a datacenter.” In other words, photographers on Google+ will be able to utilize Google’s cloud technology to make highlighting and sorting photos easier. The latter is especially impressive as Google+ can now automatically sort photos by landmark, human presence, aesthetics and other indicators. Photos will also be getting auto-enhance – a new application that automatically applies image enhancements without having to use complicated software like Photoshop.

The final feature is called “auto-awesome.” One of its applications is called motion – it will take photos that are taken in burst mode and turn them into animated .gifs. The motion application is only one of five new features comprising the auto-awesome feature. Some other auto-awesome features include HDR and auto-collage.

Most of these new features, including the new stream, will be rolling out to Google+ this afternoon.

Google+ Gets 41 New Features, Including Stream Redesign [Google I/O 2013]
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  • http://www.myusedshop.com Rose

    Google is awesome!

  • http://www.oklahomacityattorneys.org Leonard

    Times are changing so fast. It is getting harder and harder to keep up with the tons of stuff going on in the Social Networking world.

    I am glad to see the new Google updates and I look forward to a few of my personal wish list updates to come to life. Hopefully soon.

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