YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim doesn’t like the new Google+/YouTube commenting system. In fact, he’s pretty upset about it. On his YouTube page, Karim left a quick note, questioning the new direction by Google.
Google unveiled Hangouts v2.0 during the "Morning with Google+" event that took place last month. Vic Gundotra detailed what could be expected with the updated Hangouts release at the time, but in the end, that event served more as a teaser. Simply put, Hangouts 2.0 was announced and detailed, but not immediately released.
Google has been working hard to bring their services together, and the unification is starting to show. From design aesthetics to cross-functionality, the Google ecosystem is starting to take shape. One place that has been left to languish a bit, historically, has been YouTube. A juggernaut in its own right, Google wisely proceeded with caution when making changes to the popular video service.
Android 4.4 brought a new look to the dialer and along with that comes some new features. One of those features can be found in the settings, it is listed as "Caller ID by Google." This one is turned on by default and for now, is listed as being able to show names for people and businesses not in your contact list. Simply put, Caller ID on a mobile device, but there is more coming next year.
When Google+ was announced, one of the coolest features they noted to be coming was vanity URLs. It was an interesting idea, essentially making your Google+ page a destiantion website for anyone who wanted to know more about you. Today’s announcement was slipped in quietly behind the other updates, but is important for anyone who has been looking for a vanity URL via the social media network.
Google has announced a radical shift in mobile video editing. With their change to Google+ today, Google has introduced some very robust video editing features, meant to blur the lines between desktop editing and mobile. The features are exciting, and remind us of something many of us use daily.
While Google added some new features across Hangouts and for Photos, they began the event with some numbers. Specifically, Vic Gundotra began the "Morning with Google+" event with a section called Momentum. Basically, this was an update on Google+ itself, which offered the reminder about how Google+ opened to the public in September 2011 and how Google ships a new version "almost" every day.
Vic Gundotra has kicked off the "Morning with Google+" event this morning and one of the bigger portions here is Hangouts. This isn't the only change coming to Google+ today, but there certainly is no mention of the Nexus 5 or Kit Kat. Of course, Google was pretty clear this was a Google+ event and nothing more.
While much of the Android focus seems to be on Kit Kat and the Nexus 5 at the moment, Vic Gundotra has offered a reminder that Google also has some other things going on. Coming by way of his Google+ page, we have learned there will be an event tomorrow. The catch, this is a Google+ event.
Google’s goal is to drive traffic to businesses. A large part of that strategy is ads, but they’re also focussed on making it easy to get businesses interacting with their customers; both current and potential. It seems Google has found common ground with a competitor, and may be picking a fight with another.