Apple and Samsung have gone back before Judge Lucy Koh to continue discussions about the trial that ended with a $1 billion fine for Samsung. Meanwhile, we saw a heavily redacted settlement statement from the Apple and HTC patent trial. Today was also a big day for Google, as it and Nik Software launched the Android version of Snapseed on the Google Play Store - an app that we reviewed later on in the day.
Tagged: Google Plus
Google announced a lot of information today regarding their popular and growing social network Google+. Stating they have passed over 500 million users and around 235m active users. Pretty impressive numbers to say the least. The other big news was Google+ Communities, which is their answer to Facebook Groups. Below we'll go into a few details as well as let you enjoy the neat little video they've put together.
Google Play Store. Now, Google's application store show Google+ profile photos and names on reviews, so no longer can users hide behind some made up user name. Google rolled out a similar feature on YouTube where users could opt to use their real name from Google+ when uploading videos, and now that same feature has arrived on Google Play.
Google Play. In an APK Teardown from the folks at Android Police, they discovered some pretty massive changes coming to the service. The first one involves a more heavy implementation of Google+. It looks you will have to have a Google+ account in order to leave app reviews on Google Play. This means when you leave a review, your name and photo will probably appear next to the review. It also looks like some tweaks are coming to the way you share apps, probably in form of sharing your reviews with Google+ circles.
Google has added a new feature to Google+ that allows for one-click Android app installs right there in the feed. This means that you can suggest an app to your Google+ friends and they'll be able to download it from right from your post without ever having to go to the Google Play Store.
Google's new line up of Nexus devices, and Android director of user services Matias Duarte has hopped on Google Plus to answer the questions Nexus fans undoubtedly have. Android users took him up on his offer to answer questions on these new Nexus devices, with hundreds posting comments to his Google Plus profile. At the time of this writing, Duarte has only gotten around to answering two questions, but the two answers he's given are definitely worth noting.
Google is planning to reveal a brand new Nexus phone that's made by LG, but just in case you needed more evidence, it seems that a couple Google and LG employees are more than happy to oblige. Over the weekend, Jason Parks, a Google employee, and Bae Sang-Hoon of LG's Pyeongtaek Learning Center posted a handful of images to their Google Plus profiles (note: Sang-Hoon has since taken down his pictures). The images themselves are unremarkable, but the EXIF data for the snapshots gives away one particularly juicy detail.
posted to Google+ by Google's very own Vic Gundotra, you'll quickly notice how the photo was shared to the social network site -- Snapseed. For those that aren't familiar, Snapseed is the Instagram competitor that's available for iOS only, until Google bought them out last month.