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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.
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+ 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 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.
- 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:
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: