Google+ now open to the public, 100 total improvements added

Google recently announced that its Google+ social network is now available to anyone who wants to join. The search engine giant noted that it has added 91 changes during the social network’s beta trial, which lasted just under 90 days, and that it is deploying nine new changes on Tuesday. Among the most notable additions, the Hangouts video chat feature is now available for Android smartphones running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or newer. Here is a list of several other key changes:

  • A new “Hangouts on Air” option allows users to live broadcast to up to nine different people.
  • Hangouts can now be named.
  • A screen sharing function has been added to Hangouts.
  • Users can now share and view a sketchpad directly inside Hangouts
  • Google Docs can be viewed and shared inside Hangouts.
  • Google+ members can now search for other users from the social network directly and Google+ will return results from around the web.
  • The Google+ Hangouts API is now available for developers.

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