Virgil Dobjanschi, social networking Android developer at Google, has posted a Google+ message where he informed us that Google is rolling-out a Google+ update for Android which contains - according to him - 5 updates "you've been asking for". According to the posting, the latest Android app (v4.1) includes a number of highly-requested improvements including lot easier account and page switching, fully supported Google Apps for Business features, Google Drive photos and videos which are now available from Google+, location sharing includes more controls (after Google turned off Latitude last week) and last but not least Messenger is going away while Hangouts is sticking around (for now?).
En detail, the enhancements and changes are:
- Account and page switching is a lot easier
Just like Gmail for Android, you can now switch between multiple Google+ accounts with a couple of taps (vs. signing out and signing in again). And the Google+ pages you manage are likewise in the app menu at all times.
- Google Apps for Business features are now fully supported
If your Apps administrator has enabled Google+, you can now share content publicly, with your circles, and/or with just the people in your organization. In addition: you'll know at a glance whether someone's profile is part of your Apps domain.
- Google Drive photos & videos are now accessible from Google+
If you're storing photos or videos in Google Drive, you now have the option to view and share them from Google+ (on Android, and the web). Drive photos in particular will get enhanced and awesome'd automatically (see plus.google.com/photos/whatsnew).
- Location sharing includes more controls
Starting today you can share your pinpoint or city-level location with others (if you want), and you can do so on a circle-by-circle basis. For example: you can share your pinpoint location with family, and your city-level location with co-workers. You can also use circles to filter who appears on your "Locations" map.
- Messenger is going away, Hangouts is sticking around
Now that Hangouts provides messaging and video calls across Android, iOS and the web, Google removed Messenger from the Google+ mobile apps (first on Android, then on iOS). Later today you'll be able to download all of your Messenger conversations (including text and photos) from Google Takeout.
Last but not least is the Android update including a handful of other updates (like pull-to-refresh). According to
Dobjanschi, the update is rolling out to Google Play over the next few days and could therefore take a little bit longer until it hits your device.
Cheers ~ Arne