Google Plus now available for all, with new features

Posted on Sep 22 2011 - 12:22am by Julius

In a blog post by Google has announced that it is now opening the doors for its social networking service, Google Plus, to everyone.

“For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal,” wrote Vic Gundrota, Google’s senior vice president of Engineering, in a blog post. “We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far, we’re ready to move from field trial to beta.”

Gundotra has also announced some of the new and improved features of the service’s Hangout feature, the site’s web conferencing feature that allows its users to video chat with multiple people simultaneously, and has incorporated some of the company’s search magic to the site as well. Users of the Hangout feature can now record, rename and broadcast video session to their profiles.

The hangout feature will now become available on smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system, more specifically on smartphones with front-facing cameras. Hangout currently supports Android 2.3 devices, with support for Apple’s iOS said to be available soon.

Google Plus will also be enabling users to share their computer screens with others, make collaborative doodles using the site’s Sketchpad feature, work on Google docs and enable users to create a Hangout around a topic of their choice.

Google Plus also includes the new Game room, which is obviously the place where users can play games that pretty much require social interactions, like Poker.


via: Geeky Gadgets

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  1. Tony September 22, 2011 at 6:26 am - Reply

    …opening the doors to everyone except their loyal and paying Google Apps customers.

    We think it's comical also, that even people with a non-google email address can use that to register a Google profile without any problems! Fully transitioned Google Apps accounts on the other hand are blocked from plus and other services that require profiles, like latitude check-ins.

    Google is surely working on this issue, but "in a few weeks" was stated too many months ago. We need at least monthly updates on this matter.

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