Google+ now supports photo comments

Google+ now supports photo comments.

Google+ announced a few updates today, the most important one being photo comments.  You can now have richer conversations by adding links and photos to your comments. The next feature is related to Communities, where Community owners and moderators can have more control over who posts what with approved posting.Finally, a new notifications center on the web where you can see and manage your recent activity on Google+.

These features will be available across the web, Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

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Google Apps users already using Google+ will also see the new experience when they sign in and in the next few weeks, Google+ will become a core Google for Work service. Interesting updates and there is no doubt more people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.
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What is Google Allo?

What is Google Allo?

Google Allo is a messaging app which will compete with the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and iMessage. The main difference is that Allo comes with some machine learning built in, courtesy of Google Assistant, the company’s virtual assistant.


Google Allo Features:

  • Smart Reply: The app will learn your communication style and be able to suggest responses accordingly. It’s programmed to suggest responses to both text and photos, so you can keep the conversation going with minimal typing.
  • Ink: Simply, this feature allows you make creative additions to photos before sending them.
  • Whisper Shout: Instead of typing in all caps to make yourself loud and clear, you can quickly change the size of your text with a swipe.
  • Stickers: Independent artists and studios from around the world have designed exclusive stickers for use in chats.
  • Incognito Mode: In addition to offering end-to-end encryption, while in this mode you can also set your messages to expire after a certain amount of time. Private notifications can also be turned on to prevent people from eavesdropping on your chats.

Allo isn’t a Hangouts replacement but its own standalone app, with amazing features like some machine learning built in, courtesy of Google Assistant, the company’s virtual assistant. 

You can download the Android app from Google Play Store here  
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Google Duo: a simple 1:1 mobile video calling app

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile.

Google releases Duo - a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

google duo

To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.

Fast and reliable:

Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call.

And all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.

Note that this does not replace Hangouts video calls:

  • there is no desktop version.
  • there is no group calling.
  • there is no screen-sharing or other advanced features

Give your friends a wave with Duo! Google will roll out Duo for Android and iOS and it will be live worldwide in the next few days. Download here 

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How to Embed Google Plus Posts Into a Website?

What is an embedded post?

A new feature on Google+ enables you to take any public post (except communities at present) and embed it on a website just by adding in a simple code. It really is simple.

How to Embed a Google+ Post?

You can embed public Google+ posts in your site or articles with just a few lines of HTML code. Your signed-in Google+ readers can +1 or comment on your post directly from your site or follow the author.

Adding the embedded posts

Adding the embedded posts to your page is quick and easy. The easiest method is to locate the post that you want to embed on and click the  A
downward pointing arrow that indicates the menu menu icon and choose Embed post. A dialog displays with code that you can copy and paste into the desired location within your article or site.

For example:

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URL format

The link to the Google+ post must be in its canonical format:

Supported posts

In addition to posts that contain text and links, the following additional types of posts are supported as embedded posts:

Posts with images - The post will render with the image. Clicking the image directs the visitor to the image view on Google+.
Posts with videos - The post will render with the video. Clicking the video will play the video within the embedded post.
Posts with links to a community - Your visitors can click through to view the community as they would in the stream.

The following post types are not supported:

Posts from within a community, including publicly reshared posts from a community.
Posts that are restricted to a Google Apps domain
Private posts
Events posts
Hangout on Air posts

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Google+ is five years old today

Google+ is five years old today.

Many happy returns, Google+, you are five today. Google's home-built social network was launched on June 28th, 2011, competing with the likes of Facebook and Twitter with a unique "circle" approach to contact management and deep integration with Google services.


Today, Google+ persists mostly as a gesture of loyalty to established users and communities, of which there are still a few highly engaged ones kicking around. Recently, Google launched one of the best features to come to Google+ since the network’s launch 5 years ago. It’s called Google+ Collections, which is well received by the users.

While everybody is bound to have a different opinion of Google+, it’s unquestionable that the service has produced some truly unique moments and experiences. Some people have met some of their best online friends through Google+ communities, and others have connected with YouTube artists and musicians through Google+ to gain support for their own creative pursuits.
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