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The Past, Present and Future Of Hangouts

The Google built app that I use the most across all my devices is Hangouts, it’s a good app that could and should be amazing. I am holding out hope that one day Google will start to realise it’s potential and build the messaging client we all need. Unfortunately Google's CEO doesn't think there's anything wrong with the position Hangouts is in: “At that level, we view communications as an important area. But that doesn’t mean the answer is always a vertical service, I think we are comfortable with where we are.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelhelft/2015/02/26/exclusive-pichai-on-googles-vision-mobile-revenue-apple-and-china/#6cac6fb63661

I think the biggest failing of Hangouts is that Google built the best features into the desktop version and forgot that everyone was using the mobile versions. Quick question, what makes Hangouts special or unique as a messaging client? What sets it apart from services like Telegram or WhatsApp? As a messaging client Hangouts does nothing special, as a video chat client on mobile the one special feature is ten way video chat.

On desktop Hangouts has many many special features:

Special Effects - This is where you get to play virtual dress up, you can wear a pretend hat, glasses, moustache. You can even wear things like cat or dog faces or add a halo or devil horns. These effects go a long to remove the awkwardness that come with video chats, they are silly but a lot of fun and kids absolutely love them.  There is also a drawing app where you could draw on your own face, again silly but fun. Just look at what Snapchat achieves with the same feature.

Drive – The Collaborative features in the Google Drive apps are near perfect, this app goes one step further by letting you see and hear the people you are working with. This should be more popular but the Google+ requirement keeps businesses away.

Youtube –This app enables real time watching of videos between multiple people, when one person pauses the video the video pauses for everyone. You can have a discussion about a video, just like if you were all in the same room together. Google have also added the ability to cast any movie to a Hangout: http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/05/23/some-chrome-users-can-now-cast-tabs-directly-to-video-hangouts-sessions/

Backgrounds – Although this feature never left the experimental stage and never worked as well as it should have done it was still pretty cool. You could change your background to look like you was at different locations like the beach or Venice. Again gimmicky and silly but still a great feature to show off what Hangouts can do, things like this put smiles on people’s faces and that is what Video Chat should do.

Auto Awesome – Now this is where Hangouts got clever, if the application determines that it can improve the video experience by boosting or reducing the brightness of the subject’s face it will do. This was borrowed from the photo Auto enhance feature built into Google+. It’s a perfect feature to have in a live video broadcast because it’s impossible for a human to manually enhance video quality on the fly.

Third party apps – Hangouts allowed third party apps to work in Hangouts, from role playing games to DJ apps https://youtu.be/InM7YnYQfM4 & quizes https://youtu.be/RfBQpkzzfwc . Seeing and hearing the people brought an extra level to these Apps.

Screenshare - great app for providing technical help, you could share your screen and highlight on the screen where your issues are. You can even give remote access to an other user with the Remote Desktop Hangouts app. Screenshare is also a great app for creating tutorials and giving presentations.

Hangouts On Air – described by a famous newsreporter as like having a satelite truck in your pocket. You can broadcast live to the world - this extension is the best in its class, it included a Q & A app where everyone can submit and vote on the best questions, the current question being answered is highlighted to let late comers know what the subject is. An applause app for letting watchers give a thumbs up and thumbs down with a timeline on the video letting people know which part of the video got the most reactions. Great broadcasting with fantastic moderation tools. Google really beat periscope, Meerkat and Facebook to the punch but never capitalised on the market.


My wish is for these features to leave Google+ and become part of both Hangouts.com and the mobile hangouts Apps. I mean at the minute these features make little sense now that Google+, Hangouts and YouTube have all been separated: https://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html?m=1 Currently you need to start from a desktop browser, have a Google+ account for a product called Hangouts that uploads to YouTube. Making these hangout features more friendly with other social networks also wouldn't hurt 😉
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Thanks +Joen Asmussen​​​​, I'm never against a do-over, I think the do-ever has been worth the wait for G+, Maps and Photos. Hangouts just seems so basic in comparison. At the end of 2014 Hangouts got a smart location AI with the promise of more to come: http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/10/7367337/googles-new-hangouts-app-introduces-clever-location-sharing

It's like the do-over started from then but unlike the other services the lag on Hangouts got worse since the newly designed app. Taking and uploading a photo on the new app is horrible.

I hope by removing SMS Support the performance improves.
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New feature added to search in Google Photos

The killer feature of Google Photos is search, what other system has the smarts of Google Photos when it comes to search?

This is another great addition, if you search for a photo you can now expand and see all the Photos from that day which are unrelated to your search. Simple addition but a powerful one. 

Way to go +Google Photos​ team 😉
It's Update Wednesday and Google has been rolling out the updates pretty steadily all morning. Most of them aren't packing much beyond bug fixes, but Photo... by Cody Toombs in Applications, Downloads, News
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The week acted out by Leonardo DiCaprio 😂
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Just imagine sitting back and watching the aftermath from this 🙄
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I wasn't going to share this video but enough people that I have shown when I've been out have have asked me to upload them. So due to popular demand here are the videos I have made of myself being an idiot using the Triller app. 
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How should Likes and Comments be added to Shared Albums in Google Photos?
 
My biggest feature request of Shared Albums is commenting and liking, Google Photos Product Lead David Lieb said that they would be added but in a thoughtful way:

Lieb says that comments and likes will be added to shared albums, but in a staged, thoughtful approach. He said he prefers to figure out when and where to allow comments and likes, for example, creating a space where comments are left on the entire album, rather than on each photo. This would be fine if the album was created around an event, like "Rebecca’s Wedding," but not for long-term albums like, "Liam is Two."

So what are your thoughts on this? Should every album have a space to comment on the whole album or should you only be able to comment on each photo one by one? 
Google is tired of Apple getting all the glory when it comes to photo sharing. Today, the company introduced a feature in its Google Photos app that’s designed to compete with Apple’s popular...
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Send Money To Anyone With The New Google Wallet App Update (US Only)

This could potentially be a game changer, I never carry money and this would enable me to be able to pay money straight into people banks straight from my phone with just an email.

This is the perfect companion for Android and Apple pay but this is for people and not businesses.

The receiver doesn't even need to have any sort of Google account or app! Love it and hope it rolls out in the UK very very soon.
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Beacon Support Comes To Android

This could be huge, imagine being stood at a bus stop and your phone buzzing. You open the notification and its the bus table. Or being sat in a restaurant your phone buzzing and your notification this time is a survey for the restaurant with a 10% discount voucher. Or even being stood at a pay metre waiting to pay and you get a notification with a link straight to the payment website.

That's what this update for Chrome enables and potentially businesses can now send useful things straight to your phone at the right time, I don't know what measures are in place to avoid misuse but it's interesting technology and could change alot of things. The fact that it's on browsers on both Android and IOS means that this is pushed to billions of users overnight.

I suppose watch this space to see how successful it becomes.
 
Physical Web developers can now reach Chrome for Android users, starting with the Beta channel and rolling out more widely soon. When these users walk by a beacon for the first time, they’ll receive a notification allowing them to enable the Physical Web. On future encounters with beacons, users can quickly see a list of nearby URLs by tapping on a non-vibrating notification waiting for them.

Learn more about this exciting piece of technology at
http://blog.chromium.org/2016/02/the-physical-web-expands-to-chrome-for_10.html
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Is The Pixel C The Future Of Google?

It's been discovered that the Pixel C which is running Android OS has the Chrome OS Update system. I think I'd be happy if Chrome OS & Android merged this way. I hate how Androids update system works. Android has become the biggest, fragmented mess known to computers. If Google could fix this by adding the best update system in the Industry from Chrome OS it would be so much better.

The only things missing from Chrome OS are the Apps and maybe the fluidity of Android, add these together and the average person will actually have a decent option to move away from Windows.

Google always uses a prototype device, the best of the best hardware to use when building their software and I believe that the Pixel C could be what they are using to build their Chrome OS/Android merged system.
Either the theory that Pixel C originally started out as a Chrome OS device was not exaggerated or the rumors about Chrome OS Android merger were true. A recent recovery by XDA forum user cheep5k8 leaves room for lot of speculation and theories. While tinkering with the Pixel C boot image, he found something interesting: What I also …
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+Chris Skipper as great as Android is it has serious problems that Chrome OS doesn't. The fact that IOS doesn't have these problems is making Google pause to think.

When you say Chrome OS is hard to develop for do you mean on the web?
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Shared Albums Feature Requests
1. Commenting and liking

2. New photos appear in section at top (when you’ve joined and visited for repeated time)

3. Highlights sections -  (Based on likes, comments and the content of the pictures)

4. Clicking a profile picture filters the album so you only see their pictures in the album

5. The ability to schedule a shared album from Google Calendar 

6. Automatic sharing Suggestions like Flock used to do; https://vimeo.com/46398388

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Introducing Shared Albums – Everyone’s photos, together at last

Privately sharing all the photos you took – and getting the ones you didn’t – is hard. Texting and emailing lots of photos is slow and data-intensive, and sometimes photo sharing apps don’t work across different devices.

Introducing shared albums – a fast and simple way to pool photos with friends and family, no matter what device everyone’s on.

Just select photos and tap “New shared album” to create a link with collaboration on. Friends and family with the link can add photos, get updates, and save photos with just a tap.

Shared albums are rolling out now on Android, iOS, and the web.
• On Android, shared albums will automatically become available in the app, as long as you have v1.10 in the Play Store: goo.gl/55OnIr
• On iOS, get the v1.6 update in the App Store: goo.gl/gjaHPD
• Shared albums are available now on photos.google.com.

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G+ & Web Notifications

I’m a fan of the G+ redesign, it’s so much faster and focussed on what makes G+ great. The thing I like the most doesn’t ever get talked about, it's how the mobile website (Not the app) is a dynamic version of the bigger screened version. Every feature that is added to the Desktop version is automatically a part of the mobile web version.

After the mobile Google+ website was first redesigned; https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/WcNhWwkvVDD I have been wishing for animated GIFS and web notifications and then I’d be able dump the Android app for the web view, well guess what +Luke Wroblewski announced yesterday;https://plus.google.com/+LukeWroblewski/posts/RtoNfK8TGqf animated GIF support was added to the Web versions of G+ and they now work brilliantly.

Now I’m just waiting on web notifications, whilst Google seem to be happy to build great Web Notification features into all of their platforms:http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/12/11/chrome-beta-48-adds-cast-api-support-actionable-notifications-and-more-apk-download/   they seem completely adverse to actually using them in any of their services :-(

The best example of Web Notifications done right is surprisingly Facebook. The Facebook Android app is notoriously horrible. It has the biggest impact on battery life, data usage & storage use;http://www.phonearena.com/news/AVG-Facebooks-app-for-Android-has-the-biggest-impact-on-battery-life-data-usage-storage-use_id66574

The problem is that as much as everyone hates the Facebook app you are forced into using the service as this is used by up to a billion people daily and if you want to join in with their conversations you have to use Facebook, so what’s the solution? The answer is to just have the Facebook webpage added to your Home screen and uninstalling the Facebook app. This is possible because Facebook added web notifications to their mobile site: http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/15/9328915/chrome-facebook-push-notifications-android

So instead of having a Facebook app constantly draining your battery by refreshing in the background, downloading images to your cache when it views them and constantly being active so that it can send me a new notification, Now my Chrome Browser deals with Facebook so that my phone doesn’t have to :-)

I never have to update the Facebook app because updates happen on https://m.facebook.com and not on my phone; I never have to clear data stored from Facebook anymore because mobile Facebook can’t store images on my phone.

To get back to my original point, it would be fantastic to push the future of the web and Google+ as a service if they added web notifications to all the versions of the G+ website. Notifications are what made mobile devices so useful and addictive, Google could accomplish a lot by adding them to the websites.

If you are interested in setting the New Google+ evolve follow this official collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/AceM_
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Nice ship
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Fantastic school, can tell why it got the outstanding score from Ofstead.
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