Google+ gets new features, updated Android app

December 14, 2012
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Google announced today that not only is it adding new features to Google+, but that both its Android and iOS Google+ apps would be seeing updates.

The most notable feature in the updated Android app is support for the new Google+ Communities feature, which was introduced earlier this month. The app now also supports basic profile editing, animated GIFs, and the ability to subscribe to circles for mobile notifications. For Android 4.2Ā devices, the app now includes a lockscreen widget.

The Google+ app is seeing numerous upgrades to its photo capabilities. Now users will be able to back up 5GB worth of full size images, in addition to the unlimited storage of 2048px images. Photo sphere support has also been added, albeit with a minor caveat. Only users of Android 4.2 devices will be able to create photo spheres, though users with devices running Android 2.2 and up will be able to view them.

Not all of the new improvements are strictly mobile. To improve Hangouts On Air, single user broadcasts no longer show the filmstrip effect on the bottom, allowing the video to fill the entire feed. Hangouts can also now be started with slower connections.

The announcement says that the update will begin rolling out today, and we’ve already seen the update on two different devices, so if you haven’t received it yet, it shouldn’t be long.

Have you had the chance to try any of the new Google+ features yet? Which ones do you love? Are they any you think could have been left out?

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