Google to show new media features at Morning with Google+ event, but what else? (Update)

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 29, 2013

Update 2: livestream added.

Update: the event has been delayed by 15 minutes, apparently due to a power failure.

Google has an online event scheduled for today, dubbed A Morning with Google+. Judging from the name of the event, which will livestream starting with 12:30pm EST, the focus will be squarely on Google’s social network.

Some are also expecting to see the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat today, pinning their hopes on the hashtag used by Google’s social boss Vic Gundotra in a post where he teased the event: #MomentsThatMatter.

That’s the same language used in the Nexus 5 registration page that Canadian carrier Wind Mobile put up yesterday, which calls the Nexus “the smart, new phone made to capture the moments that matter”.

Engadget reports that Google will introduce today a new feature for Google Plus called Auto Awesome for videos. According to sources aware of Google’s plans, the feature will automatically generate clips from the users’ videos, somehow similarly to HTC’s Zoe. The feature “uses smart editing, cutting and sequencing techniques to splice a professional-like highlight reel using different types of media”. Google has introduced a similar feature for photos at Google I/O this summer.

Intriguingly, the introduction of Auto Awesome for videos will be just a part of the event, but Engadget doesn’t specify what else we’ll get to see.

The #MomentsThatMatter tag on Vic Gundotra’s post seems to suggest that there will be at least an indirect connection between today’s event and the new Nexus, but it’s not a guarantee we’ll actually see anything more than Google Plus updates today. We’ll all find out what’s going on in a little over 90 minutes. Stay tuned.

  • Léo

    Can somebody specify a link for the live stream? Cant find where it is…

    • Join the event page on Google+

  • Qbancelli

    ^It will show up. Do no worry.

  • Jason Nelms

    I would like to see Hangouts finally get SMS/MMS.

  • Edwin Walker

    They probably announce that it’ll also be a built-in feature of Android 4.4.

  • Thomas Solebrant

    Any link to the stream yet? Its in about 1:15 now right?

  • Tyerlo
  • jed

    they’re using a MAC hahahaha

  • Alberto

    This shit is over, with not a single interesting announcement.