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Google Hangouts gets HD video streaming, leaves H.264 behind

While you probably haven't noticed any differences while enjoying a quick Google Hangouts video chat lately, there's some big ones coming. Some might have already received Google's latest improvements, but most will be waiting for a greater rollout later this month. So what's the big change? 720p HD video streaming with Hangouts. The move from the H.264 video codec to VP8 is almost complete.

Google+ will soon have native translations

Google is getting ready to bring language translations to Google+. This will initially be available on the desktop, however in time it will also arrive for those using Google+ on a mobile device. Simply put, once this rolls-out to your Google+ account you will be able to translate a post with just one click.

Google+ app update improves location sharing, drops Messenger and more

The latest Google+ Android app update has been detailed and it looks like quite a few changes can be expected. This update will bring the app to version 4.1 and is said to include a handful of "highly-requested improvements." That being said, those improvements touch on account and page switching, Google Apps for Business, Google Drive photos and videos, location sharing and Messenger.

Google+ turns 2, looking all grown up

Even though it feels like just last month that Google+ launched, today it turned two years old. It's hard to believe, we know, but the social network is starting to look all grown up. Two years ago we met Google's second attempt at a social network, and it has continued to increase in popularity, features, and additions to what we see and enjoy today.

Google Mine: an unannounced place to catalog and collect things

It is looking like Google has begun testing a new service called Mine. The details are just starting to come available and for now what we have seen has the service listed as being "internal only." That of course brings the warning that Google always has plenty of items in such a state and not all will see a public release. That said, Google Mine looks to be a place where you can collect and catalog things.

Google+ update brings cross-device notification sync

Google has announced the latest changes for Google+. The update deals with notifications, however there are also a few other goodies included for those using Google+ on Android. That said, this update should arrive as good news for those who regularly use more than one device.

Google posts I/O 2013 keynote video

Google I/O began yesterday and kicking the event off was the over-sized keynote. This years keynote seems to have been a bit different as compared to previous years. We had heard rumblings about that before I/O began, however it seems most were in denial and still hoping to see lots of hardware announcements.
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