Google+ Updated for Both Android and iOS Platforms
Google pushed out a new version of Google+ recently to its own Android devices as well as Apple's iOS devices. The updated Android app now allows Google+ page owners to view, post, and comment from their smartphones/tablets; makes it easier to find new people/feeds with a Find People tool; and adds a redesigned home screen widget. The updated iOS version adds the same Google+ page owner viewing, posting, and commenting features, as well as support for the iPhone 5 and the ability to edit posts. Google+ for Android and iOS are free downloads from the Google Play Store and iPhone App Store, respectively.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Google Refreshes Youtube for iOS
Google has pushed out an update to the iOS version of its YouTube application. The app now uses more elements from Google's Material Design, which Google says makes certain features easier to find and use.