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Google+ contest asks where your Android (toy) has been

We love our little vinyl Android desk ornaments. You've probably noticed, since we cram them into just about every review and hands-on post on Android Community - what can we say, we're fans too. Our Androids usually just hang out in a photo lightbox or hiding behind soda cans on our desks, but Google wants to know the coolest places that the little guys have been all over the world. Take a photo of your Android in a neat place, tag it with the location, and submit it to the official Google+ Android account, and your photo might be featured when the contest ends.

Google+ Update hits the market with Hangout and UI improvements

Google+ is on our update radar again today and has just received the latest update from Google. Between the recent updates to photo tagging, hashtags, instant hangouts on mobile devices and more this is quickly becoming one of Google's premiere apps. It received a large update last week so I'm surprised to see another so quick -- but I'll take it.

Google+ updates with instant hangouts – one tap goes from text to video chat

Make no mistake, Google+ is gunning for Facebook. When a third-party app is beating most of your own apps on the Android Market, it's hard not to. But with the latest addition to the ever-growing featureset of Google+, there's one more important distinction between the two networks. You can now switch from a textual chat or comment interface to a live Hangout video chat at any time from a status update or post, whether it's on the web or the Android app. Beatboxing is not compulsory.

Google+ photo tagging now features automatic facial recognition

Google's social network site just keeps getting better and better these days. Now I know when you read automatic facial recognition you feel like John Connor from Terminator might hunt you down and recognize your face but this new system is completely opt-in. This feature is being called "Find My Face" and will make photo tagging even easier in Google+ land.
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