Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Google+ goes official now ~register now!!!

Well, it looks like the "field trial" is officially over. Google today announced that its Google+ social network has moved up to beta status and, as a result, it's now open to everyone (no invitation required).

Here is what the official announcement says:

  • Hangouts on your phone:

Today we’re launching it on the one device that's always by your side: your mobile phone. To get started, simply find an active hangout in the Stream, and tap “Join”. Hangouts currently supports Android 2.3+ devices with front-facing cameras (and iOS support is coming soon).
  • Hangouts On Air:

Just start a normal hangout, and you’ll have the option to broadcast and record your session. Once you’re “On Air,” up to nine others can join your hangout (as usual), and anyone can watch your live broadcast.
  • Hangouts with extras:

We’re previewing some extras, including:
  • Screensharing: for when you want to show off your vacation photos, your high score, your lesson plan or whatever else is on your screen
  • Sketchpad: for when you want to draw, doodle, or just scribble together
  • Google Docs: for when you want to write, plan or present something with others
  • Named Hangouts: for when you want to join or create a public hangout about a certain topic (like fashion or music or sports...)
To start a hangout, click “Try Hangouts with extras” in the green room.
  • Hangouts APIs:

We’re also releasing a basic set of Hangouts APIs. If you're a developer who wants to build new kinds of apps and games (and who-knows-what-else), then you can find more details here.
  • Search in Google+:

We’re bringing Google’s search expertise to Google+. Just type what you’re looking for into the Google+ search box, and we’ll return relevant people and posts, as well as popular content from around the web.
  • Anyone can sign up for Google+—no invitation required


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