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Will the new Google Drive replace Google+ photo back up?

With the confirmation last week that Bradley Horowitz is now heading Google+, taking over from Vic Gondutra, people have been speculating about the fate of Google's social network. The first big change is that it is now divided into two products, Photos and Streams, although no one knows exactly what that means. A leaked file for an upcoming update to Google Drive may give a clue as to its fate, at least with the Photos part of Google+.

Bradley Horowitz confirms he’s in charge of Google’s Photos and Streams

While they do have a steady band of loyal users (mostly those that are anti-Facebook probably), Google+ has still not hit its stride, despite being in the social media market for almost four years now. A new move by its parent company, which is of course Google, will try once more to reinvigorate the social networking service, this time by dividing it into two main parts, Photos and Streams, and giving it a new boss.

Google+ adds Video Auto Enhance feature

Posting videos on Google+ was recently enhanced so the result would be a higher quality video. You know how uploading mobile videos can be done quickly on the social network but they don't always come out nice as the original. Quality would be lower than usual but the Google+ team, as announced by Software Engineer in a post, added some features. The uploader can now edit the color, lighting, stability, and speech in videos. Most of the enhancements are already available but the stability function is coming soon.

Google Update: G+ Chromecast support, minor tweaks

Ahead of Google’s normal update Wednesday, APKs of the updates to their first party apps have begun rolling in. Google+ has a pretty substantial update enabling Chromecast support while other Google products like YouTube, Chrome Beta and Google Search have gone through minor enhancements. They are not enough to warrant major announcements probably, but of course we still need to be aware of them.

Google tipped to spin Google+ Photos into its own service

Google might soon be fiddling with its photo gallery, but this time in ways that go beyond just a corner to stow and share pictures on Google+. According to insider sources, the search giant is planning to yank its Photos service out of Google+ and offer it as a separate and independent service for hosting and sharing everything from cats to selfies.

Google+ now allows you to use your preferred profile name

One of the constant criticisms that social network users have over Google+ (among other things) is its very strict policy on usernames. You are only allowed to use your real name when creating an account because it wanted to have credibility that it is a network with real people, unlike others where you can make fake names and accounts. Well, seems like the people over at Google have finally given in, as they announced users can now choose whatever name they want for their Google+ profiles.

Google+ takes a step back in latest update

With today’s update to Google+, there are some new features that count on how you interact to gain your affection. Stories wants to bring you a kind-of “autoawesome” movie of your pics, while Motion and Mix hope to make you GIF-y. It’s a bit more of the same from Google+, and along with their UI tweak, could signal additional changes afoot.

What will become of Google+?

In the wake of today’s abrupt announcement that Vic Gundotra is leaving Google, many are wondering what will happen to the social platform. TechCrunch is citing some sources who say the platform will cease to exist as we know it, with the team being split up and ushered to new buildings and experiences. Google may be itching to make their social layer a back-end solution rather than a standalone platform.  
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