Sundar Pichai talks Google+, Photos and Hangouts. In other news, the latest Spotify update helps you sing along and Silent Circle has acquired Geeksphone.
Google+, Photos and Hangouts have become almost synonymous. The services are so baked into the social network that we can’t seem to talk about one without mentioning the other. This happens to be a bit of an issue, because these services also live in completely different worlds.
They are not seen as a package for the community. For example, many of us use Hangouts but not Photos. In other cases, people use Photos and Google+, but not Hangouts. What gives? Google’s own Sundar Pichai has gone on the record in an interview with Forbes, mentioning they plan to split up the focus on these 3 services, seeing them as their own entities, not a single body.
“I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.” -Sundar Pichai
Opinion: I personally don’t quite like the idea of merging these services together. It creates a bit of a mess. We have Google Photos, then we have Google Drive, which can do the same job really. Then there is Hangouts, a service that really has nothing to do with Google+. This mess confuses a lot of people.
We have a connection with music that often pushes us to get our very own lungs going. I sing along to music all the time, but I happen to not know many of the lyrics. Today Spotify announces a new update that will allow you to sing your little heart out without any issues.
The company has partnered with Musixmatch to bring seamles lyrics integration to the desktop Spotify app. The update also introduces an improved Friend Feed and daily viral charts. It starts rolling out today, so keep your eyes open!
Opinion: Some live karaoke, anyone? I have a feeling this will be the beginning of many an embarrassing video.
Have you ever heard of the Blackphone? It’s an enterprise security-focused smartphone made by Silent Circle and smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. This partnership is going to end soon, though. Silent Circle has agreed to acquire Geeksphone for $50 million!
This would give Silent Circle ownership of 100% of SGP Technologies, the company name this joint venture is known by. With this move, the company is planning to move full speed ahead and they even have a new enterprise privacy ecosystem to show at MWC. They are also working on multi=platform devices, as well as some Firefox OS phones and even a fitness band.
Opinion: These guys are really looking to grow. I hope their phones manage to become more user-friendly, while keeping their privacy features intact. It’s nice to know your info is safe, but it’s also nice to have access to the Google Play Store!