Google I/O 2013 Introduces Google+ Upgrades

Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, is currently underway at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco. The first day’s proceedings concluded a couple of hours back and the updates are simply overwhelming. From Google Glass to Google+, a lot of upgrades were introduced and our team here at solomoIT had a tough time keeping up!


With social media being the most relevant to us, we thought we’ll take a small bite out of the chunk of information and present to you how the world of social media has been rocked by Google+ announcements. At the time of writing, a total of 41 changes have been rolled out, resulting in a complete revamp! Although not immensely popular here in Australia, Google+ currently has 390M monthly active users and 190M directly on the stream. With Google pushing out amazing upgrades it will pay dividends to incorporate Google+ into your organisation’s social media strategy. Now, let’s have a look at a few of the most important developments from Google I/O 2013.

Stream – Fresh design catering to multiple devices and gives users much more to explore

  • Multi-column layout depending on the size of your screen
  • Photos and videos are awesomely sized allowing for a visual treat
  • Cool animations – menu slide, share box bounces, cards flip and fade and so much more!
  • Google will look at your posts, determine what it’s about and tag it accordingly
  • Click on a hashtag and the card will be flipped , letting you browse related content

Hangouts – Just got better

  • Messaging is more responsive and provides a richer experience
  • Relive your previous conversations by browsing through the history
  • No more notifications
  • Whether you are conversing 1-to-1 or with a group of people, you are now able to make a free video call to everyone you’re with
  • The Hangouts app is widely available through Google Play, App Store and the Chrome Web Store.
  • It’s a part of Gmail and Google+!

Awesome Photo Experience

  • Instant upload – With your permission, all of your mobile photos are backed up. To add to that you get 15 GB of storage space too!
  • Auto Highlight – Helps locating the best images by filtering through duplicates and poor exposures. Simply visit your Photos page and your Highlights are ready to be shared!
  • Auto Enhance –Google+ now enhances your photographs automatically by improving the brightness, contrast, saturation etc. automatically, giving you professional quality images.
  • Auto Awesome –A brand new image from a set of photos in your library; nothing short of awesome!

There you go! We’ve scratched the surface of Google+ upgrades following the conclusion of the first day of Google I/O 2013. You can visit the following sites for up-to-date information on all the latest developments. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well!


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