Google’s Vic Gundotra is on-stage at Google I/O to give some updates on Google+ and beyond. The first numbers announced are 250 million Google+ users with 150+ million active users monthly. He also said 50 percent of users sign-in every day and spend more than 12 minutes on average in the Google+ stream.

He also announced a new, full-featured tablet version of Google+ that will roll out to users today. It is equipped with video hangouts redesigned specifically for the tablet experience and other usual UI enhancements that we see in Google’s other apps. Also new to Google+ is a new feature called “Events.” Events are essentially invitations, which we are used to from other social networks, but are fully integrated with calendar and a “party mode” that allows partygoers to easily share pictures and other content during the event.

Google made a blog post on the official Google blog highlighting the new Events feature alongside four introduction videos below:

-Cinemagraphic themes for your beach trip, weekend brunch, or baseball game (and a whole lot more)

-The ability to attach a personalized video greeting from YouTube

-Unique animations that make your invites a joy to receive





The 2012 Google I/O Developers Conference starts today at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, Calif., with events continuing until June 29 at 4:30 p.m. PST.

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