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Can we be honest with ourselves for a bit? Notifications on Google+ have sucked for a while. It's never clear what's new and what's old, they're cluttered with information, and up until recently, they've been tucked away in the app underneath the sidebar navigation. Well at least one of those problems is getting fixed today as the Android app gets an update that creates a special new section for notifications on the right-hand side of the app. Also, you can access it in more places! Not everywhere, but a lot more!

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Left: Old style notifications, below the side bar navigation. Right: New style in its own right-side panel.

As you can see, notifications—arguably the most important feature of a social network outside its main content stream—are now given more prominence with a special panel. You also might notice that this side bar has slid out over the Communities section. While you still can't access it anywhere, the familiar numbered icon now appears in the Action Bar in most places within Google+. It's much handier.

Additionally, the new version now includes some extra Community management features, and the ability to add a link when creating a post. Now, when you share a link via the mobile app, it will be embedded properly and look nice. Up until now, that has not been the case.

The update is live on the Play Store now. Download away!

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://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    The sidebar still needs 'fixing' to fall in line with the (albeit unofficial) guidelines given by Roman Nurik - the action bar should not move when the sidebar is revealed, and it needs to be swipable and the same width as the YouTube sidebar, which he used as an example.

    I'd also like to see the notifications go behind the main app, like Falcon's second sidebar does.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      I just want that goddamn hovering popup with giant multicolored sharing icons to get out of my face. I hate it.

      • moyaja


      • RitishOemraw

        Yeah it looks tacky!

      • james

        absolutely! They are ridiculous!

    • RitishOemraw

      The swipe thing...OMG!!! The Youtube app makes it work so perfectly...and the old G+ app had you swiping between circle feeds, so I can´t understand why they haven´t done it for this app :S

      off-topic: Anyone else think that the change that makes the back button exit the app in Currents (when not in an article) came at an annoying time? Just when I was used to it opening my subscription list they remove that functionality and kick you out of the app :S

  • Dominic Powell

    THere are significant performance improvements afoot as well... swipe through it. It is infinitely more fluid (nexus 4)

  • TJ Benson

    They also added a search button in the G+ menu. It used to be in the settings menu. I like this better.

  • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

    Still no link to the original post on a re-share. Is weird how Google's iOS apps have these obvious options (G+ for iOS has it, Gmail for iOS has cloud print) but android apps don't.

  • Paul_Werner

    What I'd like them to do is make it where if I posted to a circle for one post that it's not automatically the circle that is defaulted in for almost every post after that. If I want to say make a post to my Ingress circle and then make a post only to my brother after that then I need to make sure that I deselect the first circle and only select my brother on the 2nd post. It gets annoying after a while having to make sure I deselect previous circles or public when I mean to just post to a different crowd

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

    Heh, I think this is my first screenshot cameo :)