Many users are expressing their indignation over the second class status that Hangouts for Android seems to have, when it comes to updates. And really, what's the point of having Nexus devices if the iPhone gets the latest features months earlier?
One of my posts on a photo community was recently removed by a community manager due to having a link... to my own photo. I really don't have a problem posting the photo directly (or even leaving that community if I broke the rules) but please consider this:
(One of) the recommended practices for sharing photos on G+ is to first post the particular photo to public then re-share it on one or several communities. This way the author can keep track of the total views count or use Ripples, for statistics/analytics purposes.
As far as I know, this method is recommended by some of the top photographers here on G+ due to the restrictions that Google Plus Photos has regarding posting to multiple communities at the same time.
I understand communities have their own rules, and I am OK with that. But I am wondering whether a rule regarding posting original content only wouldn't be more appropriate...
https://plus.google.com/102280249216964523686/posts/jg2a2PqSxVA if you want to be in my next edition. :)
Have a nice week!
Warning: &tldr candidate. Just my personal ramblings on the announcement of a shiny new version of Hangouts ... on iOS.
It wasn't that long ago that a small company founded by two young brilliant visionaries (Google, of course!) was gobbling up fans all over the world, listening to them and using them as advanced market research/testing volunteers. And that relationship worked really well in my opinion, and it served Google well.
Now Google is a gazillion-dollar behemoth and like all big companies, it seems to have forgotten to whom they owe they tremendous success. Of course Larry and Sergei are still visionaries, and their engineers are brilliant, but the user base also played an important role.
Those fans had all the possible news tech news feeds aggregated in Google Reader (now, I personally use Google+, I never made the switch to another RSS reader).Today still, they live and breathe Google, Android, Chrome etc. They also buy Nexus devices. That's not just reading stuff and developing apps, it is actually spending hard dollars. You would think that would matter to Google, right? Well maybe it did, but it seems that it no longer does. Who cares that each of us spend some $350 on a Nexus phone and maybe another $250-$400 on a Nexus tablet. And much more on accessories? :)
Screw them! They're foolish enough to buy anything we make! seems to be the current opinion coming out of Mountain View.
I'm really not sure how we got here. There is absolutely no technical, marketing or strategic reason for apps to be developed and released first for a competitor's OS. None at all! The telling the owners of Google's own devices (Nexus), running Google's own OS (Android) You can wait a few months, trust me you're going to be seriously mind blown when we finally decide to release the same thing or worse for you!
Needless to say, I am not feelin' the love from Google, at least when it comes to Hangouts. Thousands of people are complaining on posts from +Vic Gundotra and other Googlers, but so far there has been no acknowledgment of the situation, or an explanation for blatantly ignoring Android users. Even my 2-liner comment on one of Vic's posts received the most +1 I have ever gotten on Google+ (some 350 +1s and counting).
Obviously I am not about to get a lobotomy and switch to iOS. But maybe I will buy Google's own devices a little less frequently. After all, the main purpose of owning a Nexus is to get all the latest updates, shortly after they are released. But as long as we're way at the back of the line behind iPhone owners... why bother?
Who knows, maybe or somebody else from Google will come across my insignificant (to them!) ramblings :)
#googleplusupdate #hangouts #andoid #nexus #ios7 #google
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