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Weekly Update - June 27, 2020: Google Photos, Meet, Mixer

As we roll into summer, your bored kids can find entertainment (and education) at Camp YouTube. Google Photos has a new logo, redesigned app, and a new interactive map. You can Duo or Meet group video call on smart screens with Google Assistant, and Meet announced a bevy of new features they are working on. And Microsoft’s live streaming platform Mixer is shutting down, with creators encouraged to move to Facebook Gaming. Plus more for business, security, live streaming and more.

YouTube and Live Streaming

Photos

  • Google Photos has undergone a major redesign. There’s a new fan-line logo, and new simplified navigation in the mobile app. “Photos” is your photos and videos, plus more types of “Memories” stories, including automatic creations. “Search”, which now has an interactive map tool (which looks very cool). “Conversations” for shared content. And “Library”, with albums, favorites, trash, the print store, and everything else.

Communicate

  • Now Google Fi and Google Voice work together. You can have separate Google Fi and Google Voice phone numbers on the same Google account, and you can forward your Google Voice calls to your Google Fi phone number.
  • You can now make group video calls on your home smart display with Google Assistant. Just say “Hey Google, make a group call” to start a Google Duo group call. Duo uses auto-framing, so you can move around while staying centered on screen. You can also say “Hey Google, start a meeting” or “join my next meeting” for a Google Meet call (only available on the Nest Hub Max).
  • Google Meet announced a number of new features that will be available in the “coming months”, including blurring or replacing your background, breakout rooms, hand raising, meeting attendance, polling, a Q & A channel, Jamboard integration and additional moderator controls. Some of those features, like hand raising, look to be aimed specifically at Education users.
  • While Microsoft’s Mixer live streaming platform will shut down next month, Microsoft Teams will benefit. They will be using their technical expertise with “ultra-low latency video streaming, real-time interactivity, and video distribution technology to accelerate our ability to support a variety of video-first, virtual experiences from meetings to live events to other broadcast scenarios.”
  • Microsoft also launched a personal version of Microsoft Teams. In addition to text chat and video calling, it will include shared lists, documents, calendars, and location sharing. This sounds more like a direct competitor to Google’s Meet, plus Docs, Calendar and other apps, than Zoom.

Security, Business Tools and more

Upcoming

  • On Sunday, June 28, join OnEBoard on YouTube for the premiere of our discussion with employer brand expert and Women Techmakers Organizer Sofia Lyateva. Set a reminder to watch!
  • VidCon continues through July 2. Register for free to attend sessions and access the VidCon Discord server.
  • Web.dev live is June 30-July 2. Join Google's Web Platform team to learn the latest in web development.
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