Reminder: Google+ event is within the half hour; could we be getting “Auto Awesome” for videos?


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As much as we want to believe that Google’s scheduled live event on Google+ is for the Nexus 5 or Android 4.4, it’s probably best to put those expectations to rest. We’re expecting pure Google+ and / or Hangouts news here, folks. That announcement is scheduled to take place at the half-hour mark of this hour. Be sure to head here for details on how and where to follow along.

So if it’s not the treats we’ve been craving for the past month or so, then what is it? According to Engadget, it could be a new “Auto Awesome” feature for videos. We imagine it wouldn’t be too much unlike the feature for photos — Google will work their magic to make a video “better” than it already is.

Whether or not the changes that could be made to a video will be for the better are up in the air (any serious photographer will tell you that definitely isn’t always the case for photos). At the least, we can probably expect Google to offer up the same anti-shake feature that they currently do on YouTube. If YouTube detects a video might be a bit jerky, they’ll attempt to fix it.

The end result isn’t always pretty, but if you’re desperate for a steady video then it’s something to try. We imagine other simple tweaks like color correction, soundtracks and more could also be in-store. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the event kicks off to see if any of this will be in tow, but with such a short wait we’re sure that won’t be a problem for many of you.

[Update]: In case you haven’t noticed, some folks are having an issue loading the event page. According to Google’s Vic Gundotra, they’re having some rather major technical difficulties — power in half their building just went out. How convenient!

Don’t fret, though, as you can still access the event stream on the YouTube embed below. Site tight, though, as the event has been delayed a few minutes thanks to this unfortunate incident.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’m getting:

    Oops! This event could not be found.

    Your URL may be incorrect, or the event may have been deleted.

    EDIT: Nevermind

    1. I’m getting the same thing. Errors all over the place. The main Google+ page won’t load. It’s like trying to order the Nexus 4 all over again.

  2. On the event on the G+ page but not sure why now if it’s just that.

  3. Google is kinda ticking me off at this point. I can’t believe we haven’t had anything official on kitkat or the nexus 5

  4. According to Vic Gundotra on G+, the building just lost power and they are working to get a back up generator. Apple is really getting desperate these days, huh?

    1. I was wondering what happened.

    2. No way they actually lost power. Pretty sure they are continuing to build hype at this point.

      1. uh, is this lazy trolling or just sarcasm?

        it’s not a conspiracy.

        1. Not trolling. Just what are the chances that they actually lost power now?

          1. The chances are somewhere between 50% (do they have power y/n) and irrelevant.

  5. Video stream link for youtube!

    1. Thanks! I was looking for this. The event page is down.

      1. Yup. Google+ is having serious issues. Youtube live stream is up and running with no problems. There was a power outage at the building so there is a 15 rain delay.

    2. Tks man!

      Everyone be sure to disable Youtube’s auto-comment system since is filled to the brim with trolls. Damn kids, get outta our lawn!

  6. I figure they’re just “aligning expectations” for the Play Store order gateway with this “power outage.”

    This is nothing compared to the hell we’re likely to endure when it’s time to order.

  7. They’ve just announced a new event for Friday, 9am PST, they’re going to talk about some new fangled “Search Engine”…whatever that means!

    1. Link? I don’t want to accuse you of being a troll, but…

      1. The guys a troll. read his posts.

        1. Yeah, I figured as much. Thanks.

          1. I’m just trying to add humor to the agony, that’s all.

  8. If they don’t announce the N5, I’m gonna be mad. Srs.

    Edit: I wonder if there’s something to replace iGoogle too. It’s closing in 3 days.

    1. It’s over, they didn’t.

      1. Crap, it looks like they aren’t going to. AHHHHH!!!

  9. Its starting!

  10. Lol at the guy using a mac!

    1. You’d think they’d be using a Chromebook….wonder if it’s Maverick-y?

    2. Google uses Macs and other Unix systems primarily. Windows is an afterthought, and generally has to be approved by IT or management before it can be used. Permission to use Windows is generally only granted to those whom can validate a need for the platform (example: platform testing)

      1. If only that was the normal policy everywhere.

        1. If only the normal policy excluded Macs :)

          1. Really?

            You must not work in IT, or must be incompetent. Windows is a terrible OS and continues to barely recreate what unix had 30 years ago. They finally added a barely usable shell and headless servers.

    3. You think they’re going to use Microsoft instead?

  11. Bulk of event on “photography and story telling”
    Nexus 5?

    1. I hope…

  12. Highly doubt there will be a nexus 5 announcement today

  13. Hoping we at least get the latest hangouts/google voice merge, like iOS did.

  14. Doesn’t look like Nexus 5 will make a cameo here. :(

  15. It’s over I Think.

  16. Ummm, where is the hdr in snapspeed? O_o

  17. I think the late Steve Jobs is trolling the google event from the grave!

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