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CNET News Video: Google+ gets whole new look

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CNET News Video: Google+ gets whole new look

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Google's social networking service, Google+, is getting a complete redesign with 41 new features. Highlights include a revamped news stream, autotagging, and a new Hangouts app.

I'm here to show you what's next with Google+. Today, we're introducing 41 new features across three major areas of Google+. First, a new newly designed stream, a new Hangouts application, and a fundamentally new photos experience. What you're gonna see start rolling out later today is the new Google+ which looks like this. You can see, we've taken that multi-column design and brought it to the Desktop and really made something beautiful. It's dynamic, meaning, depending upon the size of your screen, it can either be one column, two column, or three columns. And we've made sure to give you choice. So, if you go under the More Menu, you're always able to go to a single column if that's what you prefer. Of course, in this multi-column design, we've made sure that posts like photos and videos can span multiple columns. So, you get something that's truly immersive. And we've made sure that it's fast, fluid, and fun. And so, we put delightful animations throughout the product. For example, a Share box that animates out, Menus that slide in and out to get out of the way, and even cards and-- that flip and fade beautifully. And today, we're introducing related hashtags. What we'll do is we'll analyze the content of a post and Google will put on the appropriate hashtag. How does that work? Well, let's take a look. Here is a post about the San-- Giants Baseball team. It's not just about the-- it's about Buster Posey, a particular player, as well. And note in the top, we automatically tagged that post. And we know it's about those two topics. But that's only half the magic. We also then ranked and searched the entire universe of Google+ content, and we ranked it just for you. So, when Matt clicks on one of those hashtags, watch what happens. We flip the card over and we then show you related items from the most important sources and social proximity to you. Amazing, isn't it? Now, if you think that's impressive, let's take a look at another one of these posts. In this case, one of the noted photographers on our service has posted a picture of Paris, and particularly the Eiffel Tower. Nowhere in his post or in the comments is the word Eiffel Tower. But if you notice, Google has automatically hashtagged this with the Eiffel Tower. How did we do that? Well, we did image analysis, and combined with the knowledge graph that recognizes important landmarks, and Google knew that this was about the Eiffel Tower. So, if you click, why, you can just go deeper and click through other posts about the Eiffel Tower. Now, of course, we deeply respect the content producer. And so, you always have the option of telling Google, either on a particular post or globally, whether you want your content to have this amazing related hashtag feature. And if we ever get it wrong and have the wrong hashtag, you could always exit out. So, we're introducing today a new application, Hangouts. And we think we have built a product that is about conversations that last with people that you love. Now, you're looking here at a list of conversations, not contacts. Some of those conversations are one-on-one, some of those conversations are group conversations. But the primary pivot, the focus is on those conversations. Now, Matt wants to get to his contacts, maybe he wants to add someone. It's one tap away, you can see Google will rank the important-- people that he normally talks to and make that easily available for either a message or a video call. But let's go back to the conversations. There's several attributes about these conversations that are-- that I wanna talk about. The first is my favorite. And that is these conversations can be long-lasting. So, as Matt goes back in time, why, you're able to see that conversation. Imagine that you have your family in the conversation for many months or a year. There is the holiday party, there is the vacation you took together, there's important moments like a-- like the birth of a child. All those things are stored with you even as-- even as you change devices in those long-running conversations. Of course, we give you the ability to turn off history. Of course, we give you the ability to delete those things. But having the ability to save those conversations is, I think, delightful and amazing. Another aspect is that the conversations are rich and alive. Your photos are stored in albums. This is amazing. This baby's not even 3 months old and he's already learned how to facepalm. Okay. But all the images that you've shared as a family are all right there. In addition to beautiful images that are easily stored and saved, the conversation feels alive. Look at the bottom. You can there see as people join, they show up. As they're typing, they animate out. You can see exactly where someone has read to. It really feels like you're in the same room together. And we think that's delightful. By the way, you're looking at it on the web, you're looking at it on Android, and you're looking at it on iOS. All available today. And by the way, two other points. One is the point that Hugo made. I think you're gonna love how the notifications are all synced. So, if you wipe a notification from the Desktop or on-- on an Android, it will go away on another device. It's beautiful. I think you'll like that. But my favorite feature-- sorry about that. Let's go back to the demo. One other feature I didn't talk about that was pretty critical, which is at Google, we've always believed that the best way to do real time communications is face-to-face-to-face. And so, in that conversation, Matt can tap on that video icon and everyone in that conversation will be dropped into a video chat. There, you can see Matt. He's in to the video chat, and everyone's being dropped in. Group video at no charge. Isn't that fantastic?

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