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Google+ needs iPhone more than Android

Google+ needs iPhone more than Android

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.

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Google+ for iOS gets bold update

Google+ for iOS gets bold update

Google has released a new version of Google+ for iOS, the iPhone app for its Facebook-rivaling social network, with an ambitious interface redesign that promises to "embrace" the mobile experience. Google+ for iOS v2.0.0.5888 delivers another step "toward a simpler, more beautiful Google" the search giant claims, with crisper fonts, a more user-friendly homescreen design, better transitions and photos and multimedia that look eye-poppingly good.

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Gmail adds live Google+ integration

Gmail adds live Google+ integration

If you live in Google's world of email and social networking, a couple of your most-used websites just got a lot closer. Today Google introduced new Google+ features into the web client for Gmail, allowing users of both services to update comments and status messages as soon as they're posted. While Google+ previously allowed you to respond to comments via email, now Gmail will show updates in real time, allowing users to comment, share and +1 items immediately.

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Google+ Hangouts On Air opened to all

Google+ Hangouts On Air opened to all

Google has opened up its Hangouts On Air video streaming system on Google+ to all of the social network's users, having trialled the live broadcast system with select celebrities and news organizations. Set to roll out gradually to the entire user-base over "the next few weeks" - so as to avoid bringing the system to its knees - the service basically turns Google+ into a personal TV channel, with support for unlimited viewers.

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Google News adds real time updates and Google+ comments

Google News adds real time updates and Google+ comments

Google is constantly working behind the scenes to improve its services, and today it seems fate has smiled on Google News. Google has posted to its blog detailing the latest changes to Google News, which includes real time news updates, Google+ comments on news items, and a boost in the default size of images. The changes have already taken place for some, and for everyone else in the US they’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks.

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Google+ live streaming functionality will feature Republican National Convention

Google+ live streaming functionality will feature Republican National Convention

Google's social network is still working on gaining ground and differentiating itself in the marketplace. But perhaps it may have just found the thing that could really bring in droves of new fans - it will offer live streaming coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida later this year. Yes, so if you wanted to be sure that you don't miss a million endless speeches about conservatism in America, Google+ will be the place to go.

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Whitespace Remover fixes new Google+ layout

Whitespace Remover fixes new Google+ layout

Google rolled out a refreshed user interface for Google+ on Wednesday, and predictably opinion seems to be split on the change. While we personally think it looks better, one thing that irks us (among other widescreen monitor users) is the large amount of wasted white space. Luckily, there’s a Chrome and Firefox extension that will remove the unnecessary void and tighten things up.

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Google may replace .com in the near future

Google may replace .com in the near future

Though of course .com and other Top Level Domains will continue to exist for a very long time, Google has noted today that they've applied for several TLDs ahead of ICANN's April 20 deadline for purchasing such rights. Google's domain name choices will likely be revealed once they've got them locked down with ICANN, until then we can only guess at such obvious hits as .GOOGLE, .YOUTUBE, and .GPLUS. Would you like your Google+ domain to be ChrisBurns.GPLUS?

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Google+ refresh triggers social fury

Google+ refresh triggers social fury

As Google continues their push to keep the Google+ social network in the spotlight, they've updated the look, feel, and functionality of the entire network in a move that's got some a bit frazzled. As it is with each time a site brings a relatively radical upgrade to their user interface, there are complaints galore across Google+ itself, Twitter, and of course the opposing force: Facebook. Will this newest move have Google jumping in the popularity poles as they did when the service was first shown off, or will this be the first Google+ Update Hate day as Facebook users are all too familiar with already?

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Google+ major refresh revealed

Google+ major refresh revealed

Google's Facebook rival, Google+, is getting a makeover, with a more customizable interface, boosting circle sharing tools and a more polished Hangouts video calling system. The redesigned social network is "simpler, more beautiful" than before, Google's Vic Gundotra says, with the ability to drag apps up and down the new "dynamic ribbon" down the left of the screen, as well as accessing common actions from a hover-over toolbar and the ability to hide little-used apps under a catch-all "more" section.

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