Google+ Gains Auto Awesome Movie Maker; Hangouts Get SMS Support & More

Google has announced three new Google+ “Auto Awesome” photo features: Action, Eraser and an iMovie Trailers-like Auto-Awesome Movie tool. The Google+ Hangouts app for Android also gains location sharing, animated GIF support and SMS integration. Google+ Hangouts On Air gain landing pages and a new “Control Room” menu.

Summary slide from the close of today’s Google+ event

These, as well as new Google+ user figures and other changes, were announced during an event the company held with local tech press, as well as selected photographers and Google+ users. The event was also livestreamed for anyone to view.

Google+ Users

Google+ Hits 300 Million Active Monthly “In-Stream” Users, 540 Million Across Google is our separate article that covers the new Google+ users figures that were announced.

Google+ Hangouts

Google has added these new features to the Google+ Hangout app for Android:

  • Location sharing
  • Animated GIF viewing
  • SMS support

Google shares a few more details and screenshots about this in this blog post.

Google+ Hangouts On Air

Google has added these features to Google+ Hangouts On Air:

  • Dedicated landing pages for events
  • Hangouts managed via a “Control Room” panel

Again, Google has a few more details and screenshots in this blog post.

Google+ Photos

  • Auto-enhance gains a “low” and “high” setting that can be applied to photos or entire albums selectively
  • Action is a new auto-awesome feature that blends several pictures into one, to capture motion in a single frame
  • Erasure is a new auto-awseome feature that removes moving objects that may have crossed into a photo
  • Movie is a new auto-awesome feature that automatically combines pictures, videos and music to make a movie. The final product can be edited, and there’s also a full manual mode.

Google shared a video with more about these feature:

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It also explains more about some of the features, as well as other photo features, in this post.

Below, our live blog of the event:

The video might also be available below, post-event. For now, it is. Fast-forward to 49 minutes in, to get past all the dead air:

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Related Topics: Channel: Social Media Marketing | Google: Google+

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  • Robert Alex Kibler

    I’m so glad I found this. I’ve been looking all over the place and haven’t been able to find a liveblog.

  • makapav

    We’re way past 9:45 am, yo! And Google+ is crashing all over the place with missed notifications, pages not loading. You have some high expectations to live up to with this announcement, Vic. It better include all Nexus devices :-P

  • Maurice Walshe

    Will he speak to the changes in authorship markup as it applies to G+

  • daveintheuk

    So, is anybody who sends an SMS from an Android phone going to get counted as an “active Google+ user”…? I’m guessing the 1.5bn a week photos is basically just people who back their photos up to Google+ rather than anybody actively sharing them there.

    Also, who wants to have a computer pick the “best” family photos for them? How soulless is that?

  • Scott Pedersen

    thanks so much for the highlights of this launch! Due to their delay, it overlapped a meeting, so I feel like I didn’t miss anything thanks to you!

  • wheineman

    So I should now take 6+ photos of everything I want to photograph? I assume that is the threshold for the newest Auto-Awesome features as well?

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