Google+ App for Android Prepped for ICS; New UI, Sign Out Features Added

November 2, 2011
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For Google+ users, getting in touch and staying connected with friends and family on the go is now a more convenient, enjoyable experience–thanks to the new Google+ App for Android, optimized for Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Google has released a new version of the app for users of the quickly rising social networking site.  The app was made available on the Android Market as of last Monday.

Since its initial release and user review in mid-October, Google has released another update that featured post re-sharing, but this fresh round of updates includes a host of other cool new features, and the revamped Google+ app is thought of as a “completely new app.”

The new app boasts of the following key upgrades for version 2.1:

  • Completely new app and new visual design
  • Battery life improvements
  • Navigation and performance improvements
  • Significant improvements to notifications
  • Brand new posting UI
  • Several bug fixes
  • Support for Google Apps users
  • Ability to sign out
  • Add people to a circle from circle profiles

Ensuring that the new Google+ app will have the same streamlined, sleek, and polished look as the new Android 4.0 OS Ice Cream Sandwich was an important goal in coming up with the app’s design. Ben Eidelson, Product Manger for Google+, tells us on his Plus page:

 I’m really excited to announce that the new version of Google+ for Android is available today! We worked closely with the Android team as they developed Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich, http://goo.gl/UpUom), so you’ll see the same attention to beauty and simplicity in our new design.

 

Here’s the simple yet fully-functional Homescreen

 

A sleek, cleaner look for the Messenger List

The Profile View


Album View — maximizing space for pictures

For more previews of the app’s new look, check out Ben’s photo album on G+: New Google+ Android Experience

Head on now to the Android Market to download the new Google+ app and try it out for yourself. Is it really faster and running more smoothly than previous versions?

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