The much awaited Google+ service goes beta today. A search giant’s social networking platform, Google+, is now open for the masses. Shifting from its invitation-only service to open sign-ups, Google+ is ready to boost its relevance in the socially networked world of the Web.
Google Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra confirmed that Google is still under the development stage and may bring about many awe-inspiring features in the future. “We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far, we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open sign-ups,” he said in his blog post.
On the other hand, Facebook held an F8 conference. It intends to launch a number of more features to stay at par with Google+. Potentially, Facebook seems to open a new music service, which helps it to become a more interactive and media platform. Sources also suggested that Facebook is ready to unveil its site’s new design.
In addition to the open sign up, Google+ is rolling out a host of new features. Unlike the way Hangouts, Google+ video-conferencing feature, was earlier used, now it will support Android mobile devices supporting Android 2.3 and above with front camera. After a booming release on Android mobile operating system, Google+ is soon to launch on iOS devices as well.
Hangouts is not just about video-conferencing; rather, it helps users share their computer screens, files, photographs, etc. Google+ allows users to post new comments, posts and updates, and also helps receive notifications. Users can respond via text messages, on the go. Google+ also enhanced its +1 button more than how Facebook’s “Like” button worked. +1 feature is soon to be included in Android versions of the site.