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A couple of weeks ago, an update hit the Google+ app for iOS that left Android users feeling cold, alone, and unloved. It's our turn now, though - the same update just hit the Google+ app for Android, and it's beautiful.

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Changelog:

  • Visual refresh of the stream and improved navigation
  • Initiate a Hangout from the main menu
  • Support for ringing hangout notification
  • Support for post editing
  • Messenger suggestions for people you may know
  • Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations

The update is available now in the Play Store, so go get it. It's good.

Thanks, Clint!

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.

  • ProductFRED

    I liked the way the light theme looked, but this should reduce battery consumption on AMOLED displays like the one on the Galaxy Nexus. That aside, I wish my friends weren't all on Facebook >:( Google+ is definitely superior, kinks aside.

    • Joel

      Agreed.

  • John

    I love Google+ so much. This is how all (cough fb) should make their social networking apps. This is definitely a perk for being on Android.

  • Juhani

    "The update is available now in the Play Store, so go get it. It's good."'
    You guys should have tried it before writing that. This update is an embarrassing on every level.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      They have an opinion and you have yours.

    • Rui Araújo

      Not on my Nexus S. The app feels really slick.

    • http://www.efetech.com.ar Federico

      Tell us why

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I did try it before writing that. Where do you think the screenshots came from? Though I will admit, if you're using it on a tablet, it looks pretty... bad. 

      • andrés

        Looks too cramped on any screen under 5" - I don't like it at all

  • Thx84

    I get an Application not compatible error. Am I the only one?

  • Michael Roettger

    I think the new design is harder to follow.  It's also more difficult to read the text now that's its overlaid on the image.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Agreed, and somehow it just feels too much like a stream from one of the over-zealous news aggregator apps and not like a social network app.  I tried it out on iOS for the last couple of weeks and I actually kinda preferred it the way it was.

  • Bon K

    It "looks" pretty good, but the readability got worse I think.

  • http://bigstusexy.livejournal.com/ Stu-

    What about the landscape bug (actually I don't know if anyone here experienced that) is that finally fixed?

    I have no real hope that they will re-add the incoming feed.

  • jaitaiwan

    Rediculous that it looks like someone got happy with fireworks when your using a tablet. I don't understand how they can release something like this and completely ignore a large part of their market share.

  • lizardb0y

    I use Google+ mainly for the long-form text content, and many of these have an irrelevant picture attached to catch attention.  With this new Google+ app I no-longer have any queue in the stream whether a post has significant text that I'd like to read - they all just show up as a few work superimposed on a picture.

    Bascially, they just rendered Google+ completely useless to me on my mobile.

    • lizardb0y

      ...a few _words_ superimposed...

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