Android Google+ update targets NFC, photos, location services

Are you using Google+ yet? Google would REALLY like it if you did, as is abundantly clear from the recent (and widely condemned) push to make YouTube commenting exclusive to Google+ users. But let’s say you’ve already tasted the Kool-Aid and are along for the ride; in that case we’ve got some good news for you, with word that a number of improvements are hitting the Google+ Android app today.

You may have already experimented with sending photos from your phone’s gallery to friends’ handsets using NFC and Android Beam, and now that same support extends to your Google+ photos. Those photos can also now show up in a Daydream, displaying a slideshow for you when your handset’s docked. Location tracking gets a little performance tweak, now automatically updating your friends’ data when you open Locations in the first place.

Beyond all that, there are some additional photo-related improvements, letting you see detailed info on specific shots, as well as the sort of general performance boosts and bugfixes we always hear about.

Even if you don’t see your update land today, be on the lookout for the arrival of Google+ 4.2.3 in the days to come.

Update: Not so fast! We’re getting word that this update is… well… a total disaster might be one way of putting it. It looks like Google had it set up to use internal servers rather than publicly accessible ones, breaking the app’s core functionality. Until we hear differently, you might want to put off upgrading.

Source: Google
Via: Phandroid

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