Google+ is now officially open to all, even though it was previously not such a big problem to join the new network by invitation. Whether this will boost Google+'s numbers, I'm not sure, but there's no doubt Google's hoping the broad masses will now pour in.
I personally appreciate Google+'s rival Facebook – especially since it's undergone its own Google+ makeover and now comes with a winder range of sharing options – and I'm not sure Google+ will ever be able to approach Facebook's massive popularity. That said, I'm not sure this is absolutely necessary. Ultimately, Google+ caters to a different clinetele (especially to those who arbitrarily hate Facebook).
That said, Google+'s Android app is pretty fantastic, especially the feature that saves your photos to a cloud for easy sharing. The app just got a full makeover by the Google team, bringing a bunch of changes including...
- Update: Bug fixes in mobile hangouts
- Join hangouts from the mobile app
- Set profile photo
- Huddle is now Messenger
- Send photos in Messenger
- Reliability improvements in Messenger
- Long press on posts in stream to +1, share and mute
- Improved video playback support
- Improved public search for people
- Granular push notification settings
- Move app to your SD card
- Improved +mention support
Here's video of the new multi-person video chat feature in action: