Google, in a bid toward continued competition with the other social networks, today announced Google+ Sign-In, a unified login that can be utilized across the web, as well as Android and iOS apps to make sign-in and sharing much simpler. Think Facebook connect but, in Google's words, "minus the social spam."
Google, in a post to the Google+ Developers Blog, emphasized four key points of focus for Sign-In's first release, the first of which being the idea that "simplicity and security come first." Basically, the sign-in process will work like that of Facebook – choose your G+ account, review the permissions the website or app wants access to, approve, and you're set.
Dang it, I've already used up all my "G" adjectives for the day. The internet is not gonna leave me be, though, as the LG Optimus G 4G gets a good ol' grice grop to $49 on Gamazon Gireless. Gee, what a deal. The previous best offer we'd seen for this beast of a phone was $99, also via Amazon. $49 is a downright bargain for this flagship handset.
Both new and upgrading AT&T customers are eligible for the lower price point, as long as they're signing up for a new 2-year contract.
- New feature: Google+ Communities - Support for full resolution photo uploads via Instant Upload - Subscribe to any circle for notifications - Support for time zones in Events - Basic profile editing - Integration with Google Now to send birthday wishes to friends - Support for animated GIFs - Express your mood via animated images in posts - View and explore Photo Sphere images (Android 4.2+) - Add the Google+ widget to your device’s lock screen (Android 4.2+)
Google has been pretty consistent over the last several months about bringing new features to its up-and-coming social network.
What looks, plays, and sounds like a Final Fantasy game, but isn’t? If you answered Chaos Rings Omega, I’d like to give you a no-prize. This game comes to us from publisher Square-Enix, who also handles a lot of the other JRPGs that have shaped the genre into what it is today.
Like my colleagues at AP have commented, the Chaos Rings series may be their way of testing the waters before a full-fledged Final Fantasy mobile title, and it shows; the game is one of the most beautiful that I’ve ever played on the Android platform, and it is worth every penny of the $12.99 price tag.
With the arrival of Google+ vanity URLs, we decided this would be a good time to share the AP love with those on the network who may not have added us to a circle yet. Speaking of custom URLs, we just snagged ours this morning; you can now find us at www.google.com/+AndroidPolice. Fancy, no?
What's in it for me? you may be asking. How about joining our over 48,000 other followers and great discussions with like-minded folks?
A couple of weeks ago, an update hit the Google+ app for iOS that left Android users feeling cold, alone, and unloved. It's our turn now, though - the same update just hit the Google+ app for Android, and it's beautiful.
Visual refresh of the stream and improved navigation
Initiate a Hangout from the main menu
Support for ringing hangout notification
Support for post editing
Messenger suggestions for people you may know
Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations
The update is available now in the Play Store, so go get it.
Android's Google+ app got a big update today, bringing several handy new features to the mobile version of Google's social networking venture. The update allows users to upload high-res photos, +1 photos and comments, add videos to instant upload, and more, while also bringing several unspecified bug fixes.
Here's the full list of updates, from the Android Market's Google+ listing:
High resolution photo upload support
See if someone's online and currently typing in Messenger conversations
Start Messenger conversations by just entering a phone number
Links to posts or profiles can now open inside of the app
Instant Upload supports videos again
Several stability improvements and bug fixes
If you haven't already, hit the link below and grab the update!
Earlier today, Google announced Google+ pages for businesses and other entities. Naturally, we rushed over to G+ to snag our piece of the pages pie, and we'd like to invite each and every one of you to circle the newAndroid Police Google+ Page!
We will continue to update the +Art Russ account for the time being, but go ahead and circle/share the new one so we can spread the word.
Update: It appears the widget for Google+ has disappeared in this update, and images now appear somewhat compressed and pixelated. It's unclear if this is intentional (It seems one of the app's developers has said the widget will return soon, over on Google+.)
The Google+ app team just dropped a surprisingly massive update onto the Market, and it brings changes galore. In fact, there's so many changes that they've called it a "completely new app." Take a look:
The UI has taken a turn towards the styling we've seen in Ice Cream Sandwich, and menus have been reworked to resemble the next version of Android as well.