End of Google+ is close: No new profiles starting next week, full schedule here

If you were thinking about joining the hot new social media platform Google+ next week, we have some bad news for you: starting February 4, this coming Monday, the creation of new consumer-level Google+ profiles won’t be possible.

Google revealed the profile creation termination date in a new support article. The post also describes other notable dates coming up for the previously announced planned demise of the beleaguered consumer version of the social network.

Check out the notable dates below:

  • February 4, 2019 — You will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities, or events.
  • February 4 to March 7, 2019 — The Google+ feature for website comments will be removed by Blogger on February 4 and other sites by March 7.
  • Mid-February or early March 2019 — Google+ sign-in buttons will stop working, but in some cases will be replaced by a Google sign-in button.
  • Early March 2019 — Google+ Community owners and moderators who are downloading data from their Community will gain additional access to data such as author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community.
  • April 2, 2019 — All Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted. Additionally, all Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down and Google will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in users’ Album Archive and Google+ pages will also be deleted. Photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
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Google is providing plenty of ways for you to prepare for the shutdown of Google+. You can use the company’s Takeout program to back up some of your data, but Google is also providing a Google+ backup tool that will do a more thorough job. The Google+ Exporter app will export your data and keep everything nicely organized. It’s free for the most recent 3,000 posts in your Google+ profile.

It should be noted that Google+ for G Suite users isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the platform received a promise of new 2019 updates in October 2018.

While the end of Google+ is no doubt sad, especially for the small subset of users who still use it on a day-to-day basis, there’s no way around it, now: Google+ is coming to a close. It’s time to start backing up your data and moving on.

NEXT: Here lies Google+: Why it never scored (a lasting audience)

This week in Android: Punch hole screens are here!

Honor View20 screen

It’s the end of 2018, and you might hear a collective sigh from smartphone pundits. This year was celebrated almost universally by incremental increases to already great hardware. But we also got new form factors — sliders and pop-out cameras — in our quest to eliminate the bezel. Those designs and more will be further refined in 2019, and we’re excited to see it!

Speaking of refined designs for 2019, we got our first hands-on look at a phone with a punch-hole camera. The Honor View 20 is coming in early 2019, and our reviewer David Imel got some time with the phone. What does he think of the hole? Is it better than the notch?

Plus, we have two new phones from Xiaomi, two possible new phones from Google, and two OEMs who may once again be in hot water with the White House. Oh, and Samsung’s new One UI is coming to your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus as we speak!

Here are your top stories for the week

Android in 2018 is the opening act for Android in 2019

2018 may have been a little bit of a yawner, but it was mostly just getting things ready for an epic 2019. We think. Probably.

Honor View 20 hands-on: Are holes better than notches?

The Honor View 20 sports a punch hole display. It’s tiny and in a sensible place, but we’re still not convinced.

5 most controversial Android apps and games from 2018!

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Who would have thought that apps could be controversial. Turns out they can, and in a pretty big way too!

2018 was the smartphone camera’s biggest year yet

2018 set the stage for what we’ll see in 2019 in terms of cameras, and that’s a bright future indeed.

Samsung to show off sound-producing display tech at CES 2019?

Why put a speaker in a phone when you can have your display do it for you? That’s what Samsung is thinking.

Stable Android Pie with One UI is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus!

samsung galaxy s9 one ui review home screen display

Do you like Pie? Do you like One UI? Well then Samsung has some really good news for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro review: Pro ambitions, amateur mistakes

Xiaomi’s latest flagship hits a lot of high notes, but misses on a few of the basics like battery life.

Xiaomi Black Shark review: A blast for your buck

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s gaming entry, the Black Shark, has a slick design and an “Extreme Mode” that takes things up to 11.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite tipped to land on Verizon this Spring

If the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were too rich for your blood, Verizon thinks you might be tempted with some less expensive options.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: What’s old is new again

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 takes an old form factor and makes it feel fresh and new. This is our full Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review.

2019 will be a great year for smartwatches and fitness trackers — here’s why

It’s a great time to invest in a fitness tracker right now. Smartwatches? Not unless you’re buying an Apple Watch.

Who wants to win a Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Huawei Mate 20 ProEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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