May 16 2013, 3:54am CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
Earlier this week, Android boss Sundar Pichai hinted that this year's Google I/O will focus more on services. And that's exactly what we saw earlier today at Google I/O. Google+ , Google's very own social network, has been revamped. The overhaul focuses on three main areas - Stream, Hangouts, and Photos.
Stream now features a multi-column layout so users can better view their content on the screen. Google has also added animations and resized photos and videos for easier viewing. The second major update is Google Hangouts. Google is now launching a stand-alone version of Hangouts that mixes text, photos, and live video across Android, iOS and PCs.
Google has also improved the messaging feature, making its more responsive and richer. Lastly, Google has improved the photo features of Google+. Users can now enjoy auto backups or instant uploads, auto-highlight, auto-enhancing of pictures, and a nifty funcionality called auto-awesome, which offers extra photo enhancements. These updates will berolling out to users next week, so make sure to check for it.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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