Google+ Enters Open Beta, Gets Android and Mobile Web Updates
As Google+ continues to mature, Google keeps adding feature after feature to the service, trying to tweak the user experience in response to requests and criticism it’s received. By it’s own count, the social network just passed its 100th new feature, warranting a new release of the Android app and the advancement of the project status to beta.
So, what’s Google been changing? What you’ve known so far as Huddle is now becoming Messenger, and with the new name it’s getting the ability to share photos. The Android app gains the ability to participate in Hangouts, letting you video chat with friends; iOS support is promised for a future update. On the flip side, iOS users can now +1 comments made by others to show what they like, and it’s Android users that will have to wait to get the same feature later on.
You can now get members in one of your circles involved in a conversation by +mentioning their name, and if you’re not going to have access to the Google+ app or mobile site, users in the US and India can now send messages through Google+ by using SMS.
You’ll now be able to change your notifications directly from your smartphone, as well as make edits to your profile picture. Android users running low on space will appreciate the ability of the app to now move over to an external microSD card.
These most current features are reflected in the new update to the Google+ Android app, as well as the mobile site. There’s no ETA on the iOS edition, but Google says it will be here soon.