Google+ Overhaul Comes to Android App

Instead of bringing us a new Android version, last week’s Google I/O instead introduced a whole load of updates to Google services, giving the platform a refresh without requiring a full-on new Android build. A big chunk of those improvements centered on Google+, including a number of improvements to how the service handles photographs. Today an updated version of the Android Google+ app arrives to finally give you access to these new features, numbering 41 in total.

Google+ will now let you automatically backup photos to the cloud, and introduces all those automatic tools we learned about last week, like the ability to instantly chose the best shots from a group, or on-the-fly image enhancement. You also get Snapseed tools for introducing some manual photo effects.

A new locations view will let you see your friends overlayed on a map, and feeds become easier to navigate with the introduction of hashtag support. Beyond that, notifications get a new look, and there’s more control over editing your profile. Google promises that even more is coming, but for now, be on the lookout for Google+ 4.0 to arrive sometime today.

Source: Google

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