Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

Earlier today we gave you a quick look at Chords from the new Google Plus 2.0 app that should be included in ICS. Now, let's take a closer look and compare the updated Google+ app to the current release, shall we?

What's New

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Left: Old, Right: New

First off, the notification bar has been moved from the bottom to the top. Other than that, nothing really to see here (aside form Chord, but we've already talked about that).

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Much like the Music 4.0.1 app, this update seems to be all about polish. Everything looks cleaner and more intuitive. The overall organization and layout has been improved.

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Aside form a few minor icon changes, the Stream looks (and functions) basically the same.

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Again, this is a look at Chord, the option previously known as Messenger previously known as Huddle. Overall the same, just a bit cleaner.

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Much like the main screen, the bottom bar has been moved to the top and the overall layout is just more polished. This update is definitely all about cleanup.

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The photo albums are larger and easier to use on the small screen and also keep inline with the update theme.

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The updated Notification window is basically the exact same. Basically.

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Composing a new Chord. Again, polish.

As you can see, the update doesn't bring much in way of function, but it does bring a nice aesthetic update. There is one key thing missing, however: the widget. That's right -- for some reason, the widget is nowhere to be found... but only on phones. This is most likely still a test build, so I would expect the widget to pop back up in the future. It is still available on tablets, and it's a major upgrade from the current widget.


It functions a lot like other Honeycomb widgets: it's resizable and scrollable. It also lets you choose which circles you want to display, with the option to display all circles. Unfortunately, that's the only change on Honeycomb tablets. I was desperately hoping for an updated, tablet-friendly interface, but that's a negatory, Ghost Rider. Not happening this go around.


Want to give a shot for yourself? You can grab the download below. If you happen to find a new feature that we missed, make sure to drop us a line in the comments!

Thanks, Geek Vundotra!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • cody

    Why is the profile picture an archon from starcraft? lol.

    • Cameron Summerson


      • Randy O’Briant

        I have it on good accord that Mr. Summerson has participated in the mass genocide of thousands of bugs.

  • Jeff

    Can this be installed over the existing app? Or does the original app need to be uninstalled?

    EDIT: Old G+ app must be uninstalled first. Then you can install the new one; no need to reboot phone. (Thunderbolt)

    • Paul

      @Jeff: I had to uninstall 1.0.7 (the current Market version) in order to get this one to install.

      • Jeff

        And Market says there's an update, but it looks like an old version. I didn't accept the update.

  • http://twitter.com/ridu09 riduan

    The file you are trying to access is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

    already tried many times and still unavailable

    • tj

      you have to accept the permission request from the new app to access your google account. allow it and you should be good.

  • http://gplus.to/fortgriffen Jason Chapa

    It is optimized for Honeycomb despite what the article says. It's not super awesome, but look at the top bar and icons. It supports honeycomb menu.

    • Cameron Summerson

      So... a menu = optimized?

      • Aaron

        They also added a photostream widget. As far as menus go, whenever I see the little menu icon at the bottom instead of a proper soft menu at the top right on an ACTUAL GOOGLE-MADE APP, I die a little inside. This, thankfully, corrects that, if only just a little bit.

  • mike

    I'm not entirely sure these two apps (Music 4.0 and Google+ 2.0) are safe to install - when you run Music it shows both Google Music and 'sj' asking for account permissions. And Google+ includes webupdates asking for permission.

    Unless these "hidden" apps are included behind the scenes with these apps I'd be cautious.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's a test build, so it may have things like that.

      • SK

        But it could also be malicious software. Unless you have met the person who is giving you these APKs in person, I think it's pretty irresponsible in giving out what could potentially be malware.

        I understand posting the new pics, but providing link for APKs seems callous.

        • Toby

          Agreed. That sj thing on Music weirded me out too. But isn't it possible using the Android SDK tools to verify whether the APK is signed by Google?

        • JeremyS

          steve jobs has invaded my android, and he's not being very nice!

  • JLishere

    Installed, and running fine on Nexus One with Gingerbread, CM 7.1.0-RC1.

  • Nikos K.

    Thanks! Working fine Huawei u8800 cm7!

  • http://gplus.to/fortgriffen Jason Chapa

    Chord crashes on Honeycomb.

  • Telanis

    Lol, "pussy show"? Probably should have redacted that.

  • bruce

    "Chord" no longer supports sending of pictures?

  • Paul

    It seems chord dosent do picture sharing.

  • K

    unable to connect the server? when select account
    update: need to admit the permission

    • JLishere

      Check if you have a notification asking for permission to let Google+ access your account. Then, if it still doesn't work, clear data in application settings.

  • jzaslice

    wth happened to the huddle, aka Chord option to share a picture?!!?!!

  • http://www.pocketdroid.net Florin

    Why its size is only 3.1MB and not at least 9MB like the official market app?

  • ocdtrekkie

    Can someone mirror this somewhere sane? I don't understand why so many Android things are posted to MultiUpload and the like... it did a popunder and bluescreened my computer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri

    Uninstalled the first app, downloaded this one. Now stuck on the "Signing in" screen.

    Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G

    • Katsushiro

      Same here, Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G (ain't that a mouthful), and stuck at the 'Signing in' screen. Going to try uninstalling, rebooting, and reinstalling.

      • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri

        I tried that. It didn't work. Tried clearing data also and rebooting. Didn't work either.

      • Ricky H.

        Try copying the apk manually using Root Explorer to the /system/app/ folder

        • kudakeru

          That did the trick for me (Epic 4G Touch). Thanks.

        • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri

          Worked on my end also. Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4g

        • stardust

          my sgs2 device is not rooted... any idea how i can get past "sign in" screen? thanks!

        • Neno

          @stardust - same here SGS2 uprooted - any joy getting past sign-in? Anyone?

        • Cee

          Droid 2 NOT rooted and I installed this fine. I used App Installer. No real sign-in issue, other than it asking me if I trust it (didn't see that until the 2nd time I clicked sign in). Once I allowed it everything worked fine!

  • CJ

    Hmmm... no widget? I think I'm going to have to wait. I JUST added the widget last night to my home screen to encourage more use of posting things on G+....

  • mrgoodwords

    Installed fine but crashed contacts. Now contacts crashes each time I try to open it. SUCK

    • Smooth3d

      Same here it crashed my contacts also!

  • https://plus.google.com/104905464119184269023/posts Adonis

    Hangouts don't work either.

  • Ashley

    very sad that i can't share a picture in the chord anymore... :(:(

    • Aaron

      It's just broken. I'm sure it'll be back for the final release.

  • gabbre

    On my Transformer 3.2 Messenger is called again Huddle

  • Chris

    New ICS Music and Google+ apps?

    What's next, a leak of ICS itself?

    • hassan

      maybe Google decided to leak it one apk at a time

  • Jason Rossicoe

    2nd ICS app today. Do you guys have something you want to tell us?

  • Tkun

    Have you guys noticed that this app and the new Google Music app both run significantly smoother? Is it because they use hardware (GPU) acceleration? And if so, considering these are Ice Cream Sandwich themed apps, wouldn't it also confirm that Ice Cream Sandwich will have hardware acceleration for also phones, and not just tablets?

    • Aaron

      i noticed this on my 10.1. G+ was always very stuttery, and suddenly this runs like butter. Didn't notice any difference on my N1, though.

  • http://gthing.net sam

    I love messenger/huddle/chords but I never use them because there is no way to know if another user has the g+ app installed and if they don't the messages just seem to get lost in the ether. If chords only allowed you to send messages to people with the app, or alerted non-app recipients in some effective way I'd be much more likely to use it.

  • ErsMerz

    Guys, dont complain, just wait one week until everything is being released officialy...

  • one question

    Can we +1 comments with thus update?

    • PacoBell

      You've always been able to do that with a long-press.

      • Oddsocket

        Nope, doesn't work on mine. Long press on a comment does nothing at all.

      • one question

        pacobell iOS users can +1 comments with their Google plus app. Android users with Google plus haven't been able to. I was hoping this version of G+ had the ability to do that.

  • Jadnice

    What happen to the ability to update your profile from your phone, what happen to the ability to start hangout from your phone, what happen streamline the public post so they are list based on when they were post instead of random times and a host of other issues we all sent feedback on.

  • Bob

    Doing great on Samsung Galaxy S1.....Uninstalled old Market app, simply move APK to SDcard, activated AstroFileManager and installed "plusone.apk". Twas a breeze.

  • Bob



  • Ryan

    Any chance you could share the background image and launcher that you are using on the honeycomb tablet pictured above? Looks slick.

    • Aaron

      I really want to get the stock launcher bar colors back at the bottom of my 10.1 and AP seems to have cracked the code. How do I make this happen?

  • http://www.daveyhimself.com daveyhimself

    Force closes Sense People on Thunderbolt running stock rooted Gingerbread.

  • http://aaqilx.blogspot.com Aaqil Mahmood

    Great and thanks dudes

    It is working fine with my Android 2.2 LG GT540

  • Umberto

    This is super polished. Great job Google, love it!

  • http://www.marklaflamme.com Mark LaFlamme

    Came up against the "failed to connect to server" error before I realized there was another screen waiting for me to accept permissions. After that, piece of cake. Running smoothly on my Optimus V. On the SD card, of course.

  • Shiv

    Can we mention people who aren't in our circles, in a reply to a thread?

  • Aroms

    The link does not work, delete the file. Someone please mounted again, Thanks

  • 774

    Link is Dead,,,
    PLZ New Links!!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      New mirrors posted.

  • Jason Moore

    Link doesn't work for me either.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii


  • blueness

    apk has been removed. Guess it violated someone terms. Please re up on the apk.

  • http://www.stadt-bremerhaven.de Carsten

    Down :/ Can u re-up plz?

  • Mr.Highway

    This is to my dropbox (hope I don't get in trouble)

    • Christian M

      Thanks for keepin' the link alive!

  • Dave W

    Cheers Mr Highway, hoping you don't get arrested too. :-p

    • Mr.Highway

      You an me both....I think I hear police coming, nope close call.

  • Allan

    Strange... Just installed this and I can still see Huddles. No sign of Chords at all. The previous update did change to Messenger but now its back to Huddles. I am definitely using this update. Am running the Galaxy S2 in the UK if that makes any difference.

  • http://blackbearblanc.dk blackbearblanc

    "Chord" is "Smalltalk" in the Danish version.

  • anjm11

    Causes 'HTC People' app to crash constantly on HTC DHD running ginge

    • greg wilson

      whew thought it was just me.

  • mysky911

    Videos not uploaded through Instant Upload? Why???

  • ixYi

    I am back to Huddle from messenger, using Galaxy S2.

  • http://www.rideguidegroup.com AeRo04

    Looks good, but without Hangouts and Widget, I think I will wait.

  • http://None Freshly_snipes

    The apk itself works but in HFC SENSE 3.0 on the Sensation 4G it causes contacts.apk to crash. Deleting G+ brings it back functional. So it's definitely the culprit.

  • rusco

    Successfully installed & running on rooted Gingerbread 2.3.5 on Galaxy S. I don't see any "chord" but huddle. Can somebody tell me what's wrong?

  • Aroms

    installed and working luxury Atrix Stock 2.3.4

  • Ddhie

    Installed and working fine on my galaxy mini, gingerbread 2.3.3. But sadly, can't share picture via chord. . Please fix it soon.

  • Speedypoint

    I'm also getting the Huddle instead of Chord.
    Hmm.... Could it be a country specific thing?.I'm in India right now.

  • josh

    Not only is this better in terms of UI and performance. But the size of the app is a massive 17mb SMALLER than the current market version, which currently takes up around 24mb in total. Whereas this is just 7mb. Hmmm

  • xpsbrenden

    Loads but will not sign-in on Epic 4g Touch

  • Oddsocket

    The links go to generic download sites. Any one of these files could be infected with malware.
    Can we _please_ at least get the md5 hash of the damn thing so that we know the file we've got is kosher??

    • tickles

      Paranoid much? The links are fine.

    • tickles mcfick

      Paranoid much? The links are fine.

  • KingAntonius

    Warning to anyone using a Thunderbolt with Bamf's Son of a Bliss ROM: After installing this, you are likely to get android acore crashes when trying to look at your phones contact list. Only fix I found for now was to uninstall G+

  • Roy.N

    No widget available on Gingerbread

  • Christian W

    Crashes People also on Bamf Forever. Tried uninstalling market G+, still crashes until removed

  • RajivK

    So it all installed fine but Huddle is still called huddle for some reason. No chords for me apparently..

  • http://www.chromebookguru.net Chapman

    I had to uninstall the test build. I missed the widget too much.

  • Chris Banks

    Wouldn't mind a look at the (new) keyboard app next your your exclusive download

  • jungle

    I don't like it. it's a bit different than honeycomb, and worse.

  • mysky911

    the Instant Upload causing duplicates photo on Google+ site again..... have to return back to official version 1.0.7 :(

  • Thomas Devaux

    Based on latest Google+ application for Ice Cream Sandwich, are Games, Picasa, Real Time chat and Mail coming to mobile apps?

    Check my post on Google+

  • DJGeneW

    After this install on a stock Thunderbolt I kept getting the following error "process com.android.htccontacts", as soon as I uninstalled it the problem went away. Guess I will be waiting for the full release. With this error it will not allow you to open your contacts.

    • anjm11

      same problem with my desire hd running gingerbread

  • RHOM

    Joining a Hangout created on PC's is not included in this version.. So many flaws... Uninstalled got back to the latest on the Market...

  • Josh P

    Hey can I get an invite to that Pussy Show?

  • Daniel

    Don't install, it will crash your Android Core when viewing certain contacts (others have already written this, but saying it again does no harm).

  • Lou

    After testing it on EVO 4G, I only noticed one problem that could be a problem to users without unlimmited data. It seems that no matter what you set the upload of pics to, it uploads twice. During my test, it has some minor issues here and there, but it did upload over 400 pics from my phone, I only took less than 200 at max resolution (aboit 2mb per pic) during that time. I had the same pic uploaded up to 3 times. If you don't have unlimmited data, be aware of this.

  • Merimac

    Sur HTC Desire Z crée un bug avec l'application Contacts de type Crash sur le process com.android.htccontacts

    Donc je déconseille de l'installer !