Google to sunset consumer Google+ on April 2

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Google has not made it a secret that it wants to discontinue support for the consumer version of Google+. As a matter of fact, Google has fixed April 2 as the official date when the failed social network will no longer be available to the public.

The company said it will from April 2 start deleting all content, including Google+ pages, photos, videos, and everything else on the social platform. This announcement from Google is coming as a timely warning for every user who has vital data on the website to consider downloading it before the sunset date.

“Starting April 2, 2019, we will shut down your Google+ account and any pages you created, and we’ll begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. If you have Google+ content that you would like to save, you must do so before April 2nd,” David Conway Product Manager said in a blog post.

While support for consumer Google+ is being withdrawn, Google has pledged to continue investing in the enterprise version of the social media. So, if you are one of those who use that version, then you can be sure your account will continue to be active beyond the April 2 date that has been announced for the consumer version.

Google is also shutting down all Google+ APIs, including Google+ Sign-in and requests for Google+ OAuth scopes. The wind down process, according to Google, has begun, and developers by now should have started noticing “intermittent API failures leading up to March 7, 2019, when APIs will be fully shutdown,” Google said.

That is about all to talk about as regards Google+; now to an app that is hitting all the right chords—Google Maps. Maps has started rolling out its much anticipated speed limit feature to its users. Though, the roll out is not yet global, the feature could be widely available around the world in the next couple of weeks.

Going forward, drivers and other users of Google Maps will be shown the post speed limit of the road they are driving on in the lower left side of the app. Also added are speed traps designed with a small camera icon and shown on the visible area of Maps. Sources told Android Police that Google Maps provides an audio warning for drivers when they are approaching a speed trap.

The speed limit feature is not exactly new—users in cities such as San Francisco Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro have been using it for almost two years. However, it is now being confirmed that speed limit is now available to people in regions and cities outside the aforementioned ones.

Users in UK, US, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, and Indonesia will now be able to access speed cameras on the Maps app, while speed limits will post throughout the US, UK and Denmark.

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Author: Ola Ric

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