Update: Google also updated the user interface of its +Hangouts, in the latest round of tweaks, the company added a vertical, icon-based menu bar in the left column; and remed the menu bar at the top of the screen.
The new features were discovered in a minute-long video that Google posted to YouTube on September 20, check them out below.
When asked Google about the new +Hangout UI, a spokesperson stated:
"We're constantly experimenting with new UIs and making tweaks to make the user experience better. We haven't announced any changes to the current Hangouts UI but I will let you know as soon as we officially launch anything."
Google Play Books currently available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Korea and Japan -- let reading more than 4 million books on the go -- today gets some new features to help better explore books:
Starting today, "when you come across an unfamiliar geographic location--a faraway city or distant mountain range--you can tap on the location to learn more about it. You'll see an info card with a Google Map and the option to get more information by searching on Google or Wikipedia," Google posted.
Explore locations using info cards in Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Similarly when you come across an unfamiliar word (say, abligurition or jentacular), just tap it for a quick definition.
For help readers making their way through books in non-native languages, Google now let easily translate words or phrases to and from a number of languages. "Just select the text or word and use the button on the top action bar to indicate which language you'd like translate into," Google said.
If you happen to page through any of the books on my shelf, you'll likely find highlighted passages and illegibly scrawled notes in the margins. Starting today, "Google Play Books app for Android lets you highlight text and easily take notes." And because all your books live in the cloud, highlights and notes sync on your tablet, phone and the web.
In addition to the current day and night themes, Google also introduced today a new sepia reading theme--"2D sliding page turn animation, and lots of stability improvements."
Finally, you can now read Japanese books in a vertical, right-to-left layout--and flip pages from right to left.
You can download Google play Books for Android from Google Play.
Also, starting today, "all the fonts in the Google Web Fonts directory are now available via Adobe's new Edge Web Fonts service too."
And on the heels of the recent release of Source Sans Pro, another Adobe designed open source font, "Source Code Pro," is also available today from both Google Web Fonts and Edge Web Fonts.
Google is also working with the Adobe team to hint some of the fonts in the collection, "a process that will make them look better at smaller text sizes."