Sunday, December 16, 2012

Video from Friday Night Hangout #8

Android Enthusiasts: Friday Night Hangout #8 (Dec 14, 2012)
Please add topics during the week and not just during the hangout :)

Main topics
Galaxy Camera
New features for S3 (and hopefully the N2 in Canada) - Multi-Window
Nexus 4 shipments?  (stripped of LTE?)
Free SIM unlock trick for S3/N2 on 4.1.1?
Official CM10.1 Nightlies are Live! - More phones being added in the coming weeks/days

Windows Phone (how good we have it on Android)
G+ communities (how are you using them?  app?)

Updates of the week

YouTube: revamped UI for 10" tablets
Currents (what happened to READER)
S2 / Note1 updates should be soon
Drive: Again no changelog. Seems to be the norm for Google.
Facebook: native code now
Google Calendar: Call and go to map directly from notification
What's new:
New feature: Google+ Communities
Support for full resolution photo uploads via Instant Upload
Subscribe to any circle for notifications
Support for time zones in Events
Basic profile editing
Integration with Google Now to send birthday wishes to friends
Support for animated GIFs
Express your mood via animated images in posts
View and explore Photo Sphere images (Android 4.2+)
Add the Google+ widget to your device’s lock screen (Android 4.2+)
For Android:
easier way to author content,
subtle notice when there's new stuff to read.
send messages to specific guests and see who’s opened your invitation.
guests can RSVP with the number of people they’re bringing
extremely low bandwidth Hangouts.  (150 KB of bandwidth)
expanded video for single participants

#AppColiseum (leave blank until we show - then post links)
Ryan - Angry Birds Seasons -
Tom - Remote for iTunes -
Mark - Moon+ Reader -
Brian - AutomateIT -
Sivan - justWink -
XCass (at work Christmas party)
X Sylvain (Still at Farm Sanctuary in New York)
Perfect timing from Google for releasing an update for G+. Most developers never release updates on Fridays so they don't have to deal with fixing bugs on the first weekend of the update. Google surely surprised me today!

They went from changing the icon, again!, to adding some moods à la Facebook it seems, to moving the icons to the bottom of the page, weird. It sure looks good, although not too hyper about having the icons at the bottom now that they're bigger.

This is a big update with a lot of new features, but the biggest one to me has been the integration of the Communities into the app. I am so happy they didn't make us wait as long as they did for pages and also that they actually made a good job with it. I still don't use my phone to update my pages since I find the "log out/log in" a real pain. The communities are accessible right from the menu, as it should be, and that is just perfect.

Overall, awesome job on this update. Love it!

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