Google+ for iOS Updated: Edit Comments, Panoramas, Hashtags and more

google-plus-ios-iconGoogle+ is going nowhere but up, and apparently its iOS app is getting a bit of love as well. As 9to5Mac reports today, the app has been updated to version 4.4.0 adding features such as Auto Enhance photo editing, intelligent related hashtags, and the ability to “Share short animations, panoramas, and more.”

Other features that come packed with this update include the ability to browse photo highlights, support for strikethrough text, the ability to edit comments (finally!), and the ability to copy a post’s permalink. Hit the break for the full changelog. (more…)

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White Nexus 4 to Launch in Coming Weeks

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Android handset partner LG confirmed on Tuesday that it will be launching a white version of the popular Nexus 4 smartphone in the coming weeks. The device will first be made available in Hong Kong tomorrow, followed by an international rollout across Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East over the next several weeks.

Asides from the color variation, the white Nexus 4 looks to be the same as the original model. The smartphone has the same 4.7-inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2 GB of RAM as the original device. It will be interesting to see if demand for the white Nexus 4 is as strong as the white iPhone craze of a few years ago.

[LG via Android Central]

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Google Hangouts Will Gain SMS in Future

Google Hangouts IconGoogle consolidated its messaging services yesterday with the release of its new cross-platform Hangouts app, although one major feature is lacking: SMS support.

Fortunately, it appears that el Goog isn’t sitting back on the situation, as Google Community Manager Dori Storbeck confirmed yesterday that SMS integration is coming soon.

Storbeck shared the news on Google+ a matter of hours ago, although has since retracted the statement and claimed that, “we actually have nothing to announce at this time.”

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Adding support for SMS messages is important, as one current limitation of the Hangouts app is its dependancy on the Google+ social network, which hasn’t exactly taken off in popularity compared to the likes of Facebook or Twitter. Thus, the number of friends that most users can communicate with right now is somewhat lacking. An exact timeframe remains unknown.

[Google+ via Cult of Android]

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Google I/O Day 1: What Has Been Your Favorite Announcement?

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The first day of Google’s massive I/O developer conference has finally drawn to a close, but with it came an absolute deluge of news and announcements. From new hardware, to dozens of news pieces of software, and even various surprises aimed at the developer crowd, the first day’s keynote had something for everyone.

But what has been your favorite part? Was it Google+’s brand new interface? Or maybe its the updates to Google maps? Or perhaps you’re more of a hardware person, and can’t wait to get your hands on the Galaxy S 4 with Google’s stock software. Personally, my favorite announcements are all of the small details: the updates to Chrome, as well as the new Hangouts messaging system, all show that Google is more focused than ever on making an excellent experience for its users.

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Updates to Google Maps Across the Board

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The Google Maps Android API v2 allows you to easily embed Maps directly into your app, but today, Google took it one step further. The launch of three new Location APIs will bring services that improve the overall maps experience. Moreover, the next version of Google Maps for iOS and Android was previewed today, packing a bunch of new features. (more…)

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Introducing the New Google+

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Google+ is set to receive its first major redesign in over a year, gaining a multi-column look that closely resembles the iPad and Android tablet layout that was rolled out last June. The new Google+ design, which looks very similar to Pinterest, will be rolled out to users later today.

With a three-column, card-sized appearance, Google is hoping that users will be able to discover information on Google+ quicker and, therefore, increase their interaction with the social network.  (more…)

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Google Reinvents How Notifications are Handled

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Google Cloud Messaging is a service announced last year that pushes data between your apps and its servers. The Google middleman that manages this transfer allows your app to use the smallest amount of data and battery possible all while providing reliability and speed. Google today announced a few new features apart of this service including one “synchronized notifications” which, as you might expect, synchronizes your notifications between devices. (more…)

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New Google Hangouts Arrives: Will You Switch Away From iMessage?

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On Wednesday, at its Google I/O conference, Google announced its new unified, cross-platform messaging service called Hangouts. The service, which will be available for Android, iOS and Chrome, will be launched later today for all three of those platforms.

Hangouts adopts the same name as its popular Google+ feature, and combines Google Talk, Google+ Messenger and the original Google+ Hangouts video chat feature into one consolidated service. Eventually, those three aforementioned services will be retired.  (more…)

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Galaxy S4 Running Stock Android Jelly Bean Announced

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At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android — no TouchWiz — with an unlocked bootloader was announced. The smartphone will begin shipping on June 26th on the Google Play Store for $649 (16 GB). While the Google I/O crowd was very receptive about the handset, prompting much applause, the audience went silent when the price tag was announced. It’s expensive.

Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will now gain the same treatment as the Nexus lineup of devices that Google offers. The Galaxy S4, to be available on AT&T and T-Mobile, will now receive more streamlined Android updates, without carrier delays or limitations. Other versions of the Galaxy S4, including the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S4 Active, are rumored to follow next.

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Watch Google I/O Live Here

Google I/O is an annual conference that touches upon the latest in Android and Chrome developments, alongside some potential hardware surprises and other interesting announcements. The Google I/O keynote commences on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 AM Pacific and can be watched below, streaming live from the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Also keep tabs on the iFans blog and Twitter for extensive coverage.

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