Google’s Failed Social Networking Service, Google+, Is Officially Replaced By Google Currents


Google shut down personal accounts from its social networking service, Google+ in April 2019 after a series of security concerns and its failure in keeping the audience engaged. The service was still available for enterprise customers to communicate within the organisation and launched Currents in beta version shortly after the shut down. Google+ is now officially gone and is rebranded to Google Currents. Google Currents has moved from beta and is now available widely for iOS and Android users. The tech giant had sent out a notice to G Suite admins last month about the rebranding and the general availability of the service. If you search for Google+ on App Store or Google Play, the result will show Google Currents with the Google+ logo changed to a blue waveform like icon giving it a Google Material Theme design. The existing plus.google.com URLs will continue to function and automatically redirect the users to currents.google.com. Read More

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Google Makes Creating Spreadsheets Easier With Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup

Working on spreadsheets and analyzing data has always been a tedious task. Google announced several new updates to Google Sheets, which will make filling data and building spreadsheets a bit easier. Google is bringing Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup to Google Sheets, leveraging G Suite AI. With Smart Fill, the data entry in sheets will be automated, similar to Smart Compose in Gmail that helps users to write faster by predicting repetitive phrases. Product Manager of G Suite, Ryan Weber explained how Smart Fill will work in a blog post, saying, “Say you have a column of full names, but you want to split it into two columns, first and last name, for example. As you start typing first names into a column, Sheets will automatically detect the pattern, generate the corresponding formula, and then autocomplete the rest of the column for you.”

Google will not literally auto-fill a coloumn for you, but instead will build a formula and suggest to fill it based on patterns that it collects, giving the user flexibility to manage it accordingly. Read More

This Is How Google Is Helping Small Businesses In India To Tackle COVID-19

We are in midst of a global pandemic and small businesses have been largely affected by the slowdown of the economy. In light of this, Google has introduced new features on Google My Business App and Google Pay for Business to help local businesses to adapt to the COVID-19 situation. A shift of consumer behaviour to online shopping and digital payments, has made it essential for every business to have a digital presence.”The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns have accelerated the need for many more businesses, especially small businesses to adopt technology and get online to minimise the disruption and recover,” says Shalini Girish, Director-India, Google Customer Solutions.  Read More