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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

It’s update Wednesday, and you know what that means, Android fans: more Google for your Android! On top of the Nexus 6 rollout Google is doing each Wednesday, we also get our hands on some new app features, and sometimes new apps altogether. Today, we’re seeing both, as a really nice update to Google Search is rolling out, and Google’s newest messaging app is also being introduced to the Play Store. For the majority of Android users, both will be available, too.

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Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

With Hangouts, which replaced Google Chat and is trying to do the same to Voice, the idea was that we’d have one app to rule all the messaging. Instead, we’ve ended up with a mixed bag of kinda-works, sorta-works, and doesn’t-work-except-for-this-one-time. The Nexus 6 artwork, which prominently shows a messaging icon (new, but obviously a messaging icon) at the bottom, we all started questioning the direction. It seems google still hasn’t quite figured out messaging.

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Hangouts has new look, voice calling for desktop

Hangouts has new look, voice calling for desktop

Google is rolling out a new Hangouts app today, meant to keep your desktop less cluttered while still letting you chat with whoever you need to. With the update, you can work on projects without having the annoying boxes to deal with. Messages come and go like conversations might, tucking neatly back under the icon. It’s a new look for Hangouts on the desktop, but borrows heavily from a mobile app some love to hate. Google also skipped over a key demographic this time around.

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Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google has been busy making a lot of changes with Google Voice and Hangouts, including most notably further integration between the two services into one handy single app. In an effort to expand the service's usefulness for users, the Internet giant has announced that following busy work with almost 100 carriers across the United States and Canada, it has made available support for MMS messages in Google Voice from a large roster of carriers, among them being such notable entities as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Rogers.

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Report: Google has WhatsApp competitor for Android One

Report: Google has WhatsApp competitor for Android One

Google’s Android One initiative is going to have a big impact in the emerging markets, especially India. Those markets are just now starting to realize smartphones, apps, and the great things they bring to the table. Those markets are also well behind when it comes to connectivity, which is reportedly prompting Google to build a messenger app for that market.

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New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

Those without a Gmail account (we were surprised they existed, too) will no longer have to join Google+ as a result of signing up. Quietly, Google slipped the once-mandatory Google+ account away from Gmail, leaving those who want email to have that alone. It’s a strange subtraction for Google to make for social, but may be the biggest sign yet they’re not too keen on it lately.

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Google Glass firmware update brings in more of your contacts

Google Glass firmware update brings in more of your contacts

Google Glass is getting a lot more useful today, as a firmware update brings in some needed features to the heads-up wearable. A new way to access and communicate with your contacts is incoming, but that’s not all. You can now access your entire contacts list, and keep an extended number handy for when you need to get hold of them quickly.

 

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Google acquires messaging startup Emu

Google acquires messaging startup Emu

One of the neat things about iMessage is its ability to recognize times mentioned, offering them up as a link to the Calendar. Click on a mention of 12:30pm, and your calendar will automatically start setting up an appointment for that time. That type of feature may be coming to Hangouts soon, with Google’s acquisition of Emu.

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Google icon update incoming: cleaner, flatter

Google icon update incoming: cleaner, flatter

This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.

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