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It seems like you can't go a day anymore without something new being added to Google+. Today, the mobile app is seeing an update that brings some much-requested features, including the ability to manage Pages from mobile. The method is a little wonky. Unlike on the web version, you can't just hop over to a page you're managing. You have to manually log out then log back in, at which point you will be asked what profile or page you want to control. It's bothersome, but at least it works.

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The new app also brings an updated widget that looks a bit nicer than the old one. It does still have the same context-unaware problem that results in odd-looking picture thumbnails. Hey, though! Maybe this one-tap photo thing will make that easier! Well, probably. Maybe. Listed among the new features is the ability to "access photos from posts with 1-click." Nevertheless, I still find it maddeningly difficult to actually get to a photo from my feed. If it was originally shared by someone else, tapping on the photo would take me to my friend's post about it, another tap on the photo would take me to the original post, then a third tap would take me to the photo itself with no obstructions. So, that's still a little weird.

What isn't weird anymore is finding people. What was previously the "Circles" tab, which housed your own circles and a somewhat hidden option to find new people has now been exchanged for a "Find People" button that defaults to suggestions of people you may know, with a search button to locate specific people, whether you have them in your circles or not. Of course, if you want to browse your circles, that's still done within this section, which is not immediately obvious. Either way, it looks like the rearranging has made locating profiles and pages a little more useful for the layperson without removing functionality.

As an added bonus, though not listed on the official release notes, you can now disable Google+ and delete your profile and content. Just head to Settings > About Google+ to find the new button. Be careful before you do, though. It looks like this won't just remove the social network from your phone, but from the Google's servers as well. Make sure you want this.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Teardown done, nothing of interest.

    LOTS of cleanup, though. Which will make my job easier.

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

      Upvote done.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      You're a beast. Keep up the great work. This is why Android Police is the best.

    • PhilNelwyn

      You're detected, they've started erasing evidences...

  • Karl Smith

    I like the log-out/log-in solution. It's clunky, yes, but also avoids things like drunk posting to your work profile.

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

      Except if you log into your Page and then forget that and think you're on your personal account. This is terrible UX - most people wouldn't even figure out how to switch to a Page management UI.

  • mduran1023

    I hate the new widget. We're talking HATE here.

    I spent weeks trying out 3rd party Twitter and Facebook clients to get a scrolling widget.

    Was really happy that G+ had one by default.

    And of course, they've now taken it away.


    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Cocnur, the look might be better but the interface is considerably worse. You have to click an arrow to see any previous posts and then the only other option is to refresh to go back to the beginning. At that point I might as well be IN Google+, they have made the widget useless.

    • RedPandaAlex

      Agreed, it's terrible. Oh, I know what I need when going through my feed. Instead of a gesture, I need a small touch target and a two-second loading delay.

    • dwasifar karalahishipoor

      Also agree. When I first saw it I thought it was broken. Then I went looking for a setting to restore the lost scrolling. Then I realized that they did it on purpose.

      The widget is now useless. No point in having it. As Ryan Stewart said, you might as well open the app in the first place. I'm deleting it from my screen.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

    Nearby doesn't work properly for me anymore. Before the update, I would see a ton of posts, now, it looks like an abandoned ghost town. Also, Notifications are flakey and sometimes replies to posts don't show up either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/idan.yael Idan Yael

    Stopped working... cant connect to server after the update.

    • krazyfrog

      Same here.