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[Update] Google+ update for Android brings a ton of new features

Authored by: Sterling Keys — Aug 15, 2013

The Android app for Google+ has just been updated to version 4.1 and have brought some pretty big changes along with it. Here’s a quick look at everything that’s new with Google+ 4.1.

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On his Google+ page, Google developer Virgil Dobjanschi gave us a good overview of everything that is going to be updated on the latest version of Google+. As usual, this will be rolled out in several waves and should take a few days before all users see the update available for them to download.

Features, features, features

Easy switch between accounts and page

You can easily switch between multiple accounts and/or pages, much like the way Gmail works right now. Thankfully, you no longer need to log out and sign in again to access a different account.

Google Apps for Business support

If enabled by a Site Administrator, content can now be publicly shared with their own circles and employees.

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Direct access to photos and videos from Google Drive

Now photos and videos that are stored within Google Drive can be viewed and shared within the Google+ app. For photos on Google Drive, you can use the same automatic filters and optimizers that are available for photos that you upload directly within Google+.

More control

Google+ can now be controlled to specify with whom one’s own site is shared. The choices are between groups (family members, individuals, etc).

Goodbye Messenger

Well, it wasn’t only a certain amount of time until Google deleted their Google Messenger service and replace it completely with Google Hangouts. With the most recent updates, Google+ Messenger conversations can be downloaded and saved via Google Takeout.

Download: Google+ for Android

[Update: 15.08.2013, 06:38

The update is now being rolled out and we've put the APK file for version 4.1 of Google+ for Android online for you to download at your pleasure: Download APK

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.


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