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Week in Review - July 30, 2016: Calls, Spaces, YT Gaming

This week Google launched Emergency Location Service for Android phones in Europe and Nexus phones got better spam call protection. There were updates to the Google Spaces and YouTube Gaming mobile apps.

Plus there are tips and updates for YouTubers, live streamers, bloggers, Maps navigators, Drive users and more!

Image: Summer Night by Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1894)


  • 1 August: Picasa Web Albums will be retired, find your images in Album Archive
  • 10 August: Pokéfans: submit your Pokémon Collection to the Google+ #FeatureFriday contest

YouTube and Video Creation

  • Tip YouTubers: Here's why your subscriber count is dropping (YouTube Help)
  • Update Vimeo announces new stats tool with more viewership insights 
  • Tip Best Practices for your Gaming channel (YouTube Creator Academy)
  • How a video platform works from video on demand to live streaming - it's complicated! (Humanizing Tech)
  • Update Facebook Frees Its VR Camera to Push 360 Video Everywhere (Wired)

Go Live

Google+ and Google Spaces

  • New Google+ Create em Português (Carolina Liu)
  • Update Google Spaces iOS update 1.0.4 (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Update Google Spaces Android update 1.3 (Luke Wroblewski)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Tip 9 simple apps and tools for creating your own GIFs in minutes (Buffer blog)

Google for businesses

  • Tip: Updated: How to create a direct link to your business page reviews. (Tim Capper)
  • Tip: How to respond to bad reviews (Google Small Business)

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Tip Should you move your News website from HTTP to HTTPS? (Google Webmasters)
  • New Tumblr blogs to display ads, Partner Program in the works (Official Tumblr blog)

AdSense and Advertising

Hangouts and Mobile Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

  • Can you recognize Dark Patterns - web user interfaces designed to trick you? (Ars Technica)
Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links