Google has announced a deal with Flipboard to open up Google+ content to the social news app for iOS and Android, with a special API that can both write and read content on the social network. The news was confirmed by Google+ lead Bradley Horowitz at the LeWeb conference in London today.
Google+ has lost the support of two high-profile casual game developers, PopCap and Wooga, with speculation that the social network has failed to penetrate the social gaming market in the manner of Facebook. Electronic Arts' owned PopCap confirmed it would "redeploy resources" previously assigned to the Google+ version of Bejeweled, WSJ reports, while Wooga is yet to comment on its warning to gamers that it would be pulling three titles from the social site.
YouTube has made it easier to share videos with a group of people using Google+ Hangouts. The video giant says the idea is something along the lines of when you go to a party with your friends, and you end up showing each other your favorite YouTube videos. Yesterday marked the launch of the new YouTube app in Google+ Hangouts.
This week Google has purchased another company, this time a social platform by the name of Meebo. This group is a cloud-centric instant messaging group that has been in the works since 2005. This group has several integrated features that Google may want to integrate into their own ecosystem, one of them being the Meebo Bar, an element which allows users chat with one another in a bar that sits above a variety of webpages without any effort from the website itself.
Google purchased Zagat, the restaurant rating company, back in September 2011, and things have been quiet as to what Big Goog would do with the acquisition. All has been revealed, as Zagat reviews have been incorporated into Google+ Local. It’s part of Google’s push to a more social system, with the Zagat reviews adding on top of recommendations from your friends.
Google has released a new version of Google+ for Android, with v2.6 following the recently updated iPhone version with a slick new UI and better integration with Hangout video chat. The new Android app now allows Google+ users to start a new Hangout while on the move, with a new navigation "ribbon" getting a dedicated "Hangout" button. Tap that, add some friends, and their phones automatically ring to notify them you've made a video chat request.
Google products will be a thing of the past if Microsoft's Bing has anything to say about it - or at least that's what it appears like the software giant is attempting to make a reality with their newest update. In this update as you might well already know, Bing as a search engine will soon be transforming into a social network searching engine in addition to having the abilities it already totes. What's not included, it seems, are results from Google's many services, including what Google's search engine yields first and foremost: the Google+ social network and results from it.
It's a strange world: Microsoft has, in the space of a day, been accused of being up to its old tricks in closed-off anti competitiveness, and praised for its openness and flexibility. On the one hand, Mozilla and Google are up in arms about their browsers not having the same flexibility as Internet Explorer does in Windows RT, the version of the upcoming OS Microsoft expects to see on iPad-rivalling tablets and ultraportables. On the other, the Bing refresh is seeing favorable comparisons between it and Google's contentious Search plus Your World refresh earlier this year.
Microsoft has launched a new version of its Bing search engine, giving it a Windows 8-style UI refresh and integrating social networks so that searchers can factor in the opinions of their friends. "Research tells us that 90% of people consult with a friend or expert before making a decision" Microsoft said of the Bing changes. "The challenge has been to figure out how to integrate the information you care about with the people who can be most helpful to you in getting stuff done." Full details after the cut.
Google has a problem, and it's all about commitment and addiction. The release of Google+ for iPhone v2.0 today has already got Android lovers up in arms, furious at what they see as favoritism for the rival platform. Google should, they argue, prioritize Android users - after all, they're the ones who have already supported the search giant by buying an Android device in the first place. But social networks online - just as is so often the case with their real-world counterparts - can be tricky and treacherous things. The blunt truth is that Google needs to convince Apple users more than it does those of Android.