Google isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet in a seemingly losing social network battle against heavyweight champion Facebook, somewhat surprisingly holding the advantage over Twitter in active user numbers and constantly improving the G Plus UI.

To be fair, constant might be a bit of an understatement, as at least on Android, the Google+ app has already gained three updates this year. One major, and a couple smaller ones, though the latest “minor” bump comes with its share of significant functionality enhancements.

Most notably, “faster and safer browsing of Web sites”, courtesy of Chrome custom tabs, which now open via the Google Plus Android app instead of the actual full browser to push online content “much quicker.”

You’ll of course have to test the feature yourselves to check out the real-life speed augmentation, while the 10 accessibility issues addressed and 29 bugs fixed in version 7.2.0 of the mobile social network are as mysterious as always.

The changelog also includes a tweak for the infamous bottom bar, allowing you to scroll to the top of Collections, Communities, and Notifications by simply tapping on the previously useless black strip. Finally, you get search history and autocomplete functions at last.

Source: Luke Wroblewski (Google+)

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