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A year ago we started a small project called Google+—to bring friends and family closer together, and to inspire fresh connections through meaningful conversation. Today more than 250 million human beings have upgraded to Google+, and we desire to give thanks. To you. It’s your support and your voice that give the supply soul, and we’re grateful.
We figure the best path to exhibit our appreciation is to keep listening and making improvements, so today we’re rolling outside two major updates in response to your feedback: Google+ for tablets, and Google+ Events.
Google+ for tablets: putting mobile first, on lots more devices
Back in May we introduced fresh versions of Google+ for Android and iOS phones. In both cases we went native (with gestural navigation, fullscreen media and face-to-face video), and it’s had a powerful impact on community engagement. In circumstance, more human beings immediately employ Google+ from a mobile device than a desktop machine, and today’s tablet release will quicken this trend.
Of direction, our tablet app isn’t just larger, like our mobile app isn’t just smaller. It’s designed with the device in intellect, and it includes:
A gorgeous stream that styles content based on popularity, type and orientation
A “lean back” Hangouts familiarity that’s fantastic for the couch or common room
Crisper words, fuller photos and easily-tappable actions like +1 and comment
Selected screenshots from today’s tablet release
The Android app is rolling outside to phones and tablets later today (v3.0), and the iPad update is coming soon.
Google+ Events: for all the moments that affair—before, during and after
To celebrate is human. It’s how we connect with others, honor friends and family, or simply unwind after a extended week. We save the date for picnics, parties and nuptials, and we cherish these moments for a lifetime. Unfortunately, the subtlety and substance of absolute-earth events is lost online.
Today’s online event tools are really just web forms that inquiry, “Are you going?” Worse yet, they bail when you demand them the most: during the actual event, and after everyone leaves. In lifetime we plot, we party and we keep in touch. Software should constitute all of this more awesome, and that’s exactly our aim with Google+ Events.
Before: send gorgeous invites, and stay in sync with Calendar integration
Inviting someone to your house, your wedding or your favorite restaurant is a deeply personal act. You’re handpicking who’ll be in the room, after all, so invitees should feel part of something special. That’s why Google+ Events offers meaningful ways to build and send gorgeous invitations, including:
Cinemagraphic themes for your beach trip, weekend brunch, or baseball game (and a whole abundance more)
The ability to attach a personalized video greeting from YouTube
Unique animations that constitute your invites a joy to receive
Google+ events also appear in Google Calendar automatically, and guests’ updates arrive instantly in the stream. The end result is a useful and gorgeous place to manage your party.
During: share photos live with Party Mode
Photos are the cornerstone of any fantastic event. They get human beings laughing and smiling, and they let us relive our favorite moments after the circumstance. The challenge—exceptionally with the explosion in smartphones—is that also many photos get stranded in also many places. We struggle to much find human beings’s photos, let alone delight in them all in one spot. Fortunately, Party Mode fixes these problems with a single tap.
Once you’ve enabled Party Mode on your mobile device, all of your fresh photos get added to the event in absolute-age. And as more guests turn on Party Mode, more pictures will instantly appear to fellow invitees. In this path Google+ Events gives your party a visual pulse; we’ve much added a “live slideshow” you can proudly project during the event.
After: see everyone’s pictures in one place
Once the guests go house, it’s natural to reflect on the evening’s events. We reminisce about the aliment, or the at the end dance, or the sparkle in someone’s eye. And we bask in the afterglow of shared familiarity for as extended as reminiscence allows. With Google+ Events you can immediately relive the party whenever you desire, with a captivating and comprehensive locate of photos.
Just visit your event sheet after it’s over, and you’ll see everyone’s pictures and comments in chronological order. You can also browse by popularity, photographer or photo tag with a hardly any clicks. It’s simple, immersive and awesome.
Google+ has come a extended path in a year, however we know we’ve got a extended path to go. Fortunately we serve a community that’s filled with thoughtful, committed individuals, and together we’re making something special. +1 person at a age.
Posted by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President
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