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

October 29, 2013
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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.

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