According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is planning to soon separate its photo services from Google+ that allow users to backup, store, manage and edit photos. The move is apparently an attempt to “attract more users” to its photo services by offering them without the requirement of a Google+ profile. Read more
Google on Tuesday announced one of the most highly requested changes to Google+ since the social network debuted over three years ago: no more naming restrictions. Google+ users are now free to use whichever name they desire, whether it is a real name, online pseudonym or combination of the both. Read more
Google may be keeping an eye on your summer vacation plans, however if your net worth doesn’t allot room for excursions like Caribbean cruises, Mountain View has something to help keep your recently released kids’ creative juices flowing. The search giant has partnered with MAKE to announce this year’s Maker Camp, a free online summer camp for teenagers powered by Google+. Starting today, campers from around the world can join each other for daily projects like soda bottle rocket fireworks, glowing bikes and LED shoe clips.
New Google employee John Nack took to Google+ this morning to announce a handful of new features coming to the photos area of Google’s social network. Nack was a former Adobe team member, Photoshop evangelist, and blogger prior to joining Google back in February. In his post, Nack announced that Google+ on the web now supports the ability to edit your previous edits and has received some new Auto-Awesome features.
Earlier today longtime Senior Vice President of Engineering and head of Google+ Vic Gundotra made a surprise announcement that he was leaving the company. While there was no hint that anything at Google would be changing other than a possible promotion within the Google+ team to replace Gundotra, TechCrunch is out with a report claiming the executive shift will come alongside big changes for the Google+ service Gundotra helped create.
The report doesn’t offer much in the way of specific changes you can expect, but it does say that Google will be shifting the Google+ team under the Android team and “building “widgets, which take advantage of Google+ as a platform, rather than a focus on G+ as its own integral product.” It also says that Google will no longer require all products have Google+ integration: Read more
Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and head of Google+ Vic Gundotra has announced that he is leaving the company today after eight years. Gundotra published a long explanation regarding his leaving on Google+, but he didn’t provide much info on what he’ll be doing next:
Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years…I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I’m overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry’s encouragement and support.
Google also provided a statement from CEO Larry Page to Recode who noted Vic was instrumental in building Google+, mobile apps, developer relations and more: “Vic built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all his hard work.” Read more