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The web version of Google+ isn't the only thing getting some extra eye candy after I/O. Today Google announced an updated version of the G+ Android app, incorporating all the automatic photo selection and improvement tools shown during the Google I/O keynote last week, plus a few new additions for the location and stream functions of the app. Version 4.0 will be rolling out to the Google Play Store for the rest of the day - if you've got it on your phone or tablet already, you should see an update within the next 24 hours.

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The biggest changes are to the photo functions in Google+. Users can now use Auto Backup with Google+, which honestly isn't that different from the former syncing function. The Auto Highlight selection filters tool is more useful, as it selects the "best" photos from a time or location-based set. Auto Enhance is basically a Google-branded version of Snapseed's user-friendly photo enhancing suite, which can be applied to photos once they're on Google's servers. Both the standard photo improvement and the more flamboyant (read: Instagram-style) filters are present. The more esoteric Auto Awesome toolset, which includes panoramic, photomerge, HDR, smile detection, and motion tools, is also present.

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The addition of current user locations to their Google+ profile (only if they've agreed to share their location with you) is nice, as are automatic hashtags on the Google+ stream. If you haven't seen these yet, they're the little bookmark-style hashtags that are automatically added to G+ posts based on content. Like the rest of Google's new tools, they're user-removable, and you can still manually add + or # tags to your posts.

Also, note Google's well-documented obsession with the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in the blog post below.

Google+ Project Blog - Google+ for Android: 42

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • K900

    > will be rollout out


    • Jeremiah Rice

      You saw NOTHING.

      • Scott


      • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

        Saw what?

      • K900


  • Matthew Fura

    Does this update remove messenger as well now that Hangouts is out? Thought that was supposed to go bye bye along with Talk.

    • Danny Holyoake

      Look at the screenshot of the side panel. It still has Messenger. It's also not using Google's new sidebar design.

      • br_hermon

        That's really disappointing...

  • http://twitter.com/andrewf Andrew

    I hope it removes Messenger app shortcut.

  • Thomas

    Anyone got the apk?

    • makapav

      Yeah, seriously, we need an apk up on this. Way to go Google, I also heard that you have not removed Messenger cr-app yet?

  • Bleaker

    Why the messenger is alive since they released the hangouts?

    • GraemeStanding

      Because they haven't finished importing messenger history into Hangouts yet, so they are waiting to do that before removing it entirely.

      • makapav

        Dude, you sound like you know way too much more, than you should, to be able to answer that question with that kind of response.

        What else do you know about the project?

    • Cody Curry

      If you click it, the entire top half of your phone has a big "Get the Hangouts app!" button. And Hangouts is linked from within the app.

      They're finishing moving the chat history over and in the mean time are encouraging users to use Hangouts. Some clueless users would assume Messenger is just gone if they didn't bother to point them in the right direction.

    • bahrta sai

      If you read the article it says they haven't finished importing messenger history. Next time read the article before leaving a comment asking a question the article answered.

  • ddpacino

    Disappointed that this didn't remove 'Messenger'. Even less unification than the article you guys posted!

  • AMGala

    Just a quick correction, it is "Snapseed", not "Snapshot"

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

      Fixed, thanks.

  • Sumit Grover

    A friend pointed out Hangout and Messenger pictured together in the screenshot...

  • http://profiles.google.com/jastonas Iasonas Matsoukas

    Can anyone provide the apk for the impatient ones..? :)

  • http://www.graemestanding.com/ Graeme Standing

    Since some of you are commenting about the messenger link being there, here is the reason:

    Ben Eidelson: "People have been asking about how Messenger will be affected by Hangouts, the new communications product Google launched today. Hangouts replaces--and improves on the functionality of Messenger. We are working quickly to bring your Messenger conversation history into Hangouts. Until then we will continue to keep Messenger available for users in the Google+ mobile apps."

    Source: https://plus.google.com/107968525907303243288/posts/HFe3W7A9Dor

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    No update for me yet. Still shows the last version on the website, too. Guess I need to be patient.

  • epsiblivion

    "Not compatible with your device" on HTC One S.

  • MarionCast

    Disappointing they didn't follow the new design guidelines they set. Was expecting them to get rid of that misleading carat on the top left (which isn't up, but a left pane button!) especially after the nice play music app update.

  • Shawn Roth

    Ugh...incompatible? How can that be..a google app that I can no longer use....

  • Havoc70

    Play store is currently saying it is not compatible with my N7 or my Note II which the previous version was. They must be getting it ready to post to Play store.

  • Joe

    anybody having problems commenting on ap with chrome?

  • KanishkSingh

    Says incompatible with my Nexus 4 pretty weird. Is it just me or are they rolling out in a controlled manner? My friend has a galaxy nexus and he is having the same problem.

  • vineet

    Update is live but getting message on play store: Your device isn't compatible with this version. On VZW galaxy s3

    • Krzysztof Radzikowski

      Orange Samsung GT-I9505
      This item is not compatible with your device.

      same with s4 ....

      Orange Samsung GT-P1000 old galaxy tab 7" is ok only from my device list :)

  • Frank Becker

    Not compatible with my Nexus devices according to the Play Store website. It says 'required Android version: 2.2 - 2.3.7'

    Surely an oversight.

  • beboo

    This item is not compatible with your device. ??!!!!!!!

  • Warren Tarbat

    Funny I have the Samsung G3 and the play store says its
    incompatible with my phone. REALLY.

  • JensAstrup

    Google+ is now "incompatible" with all of my devices (Nexus S, 7, and 10). Wonder if this has to do with the update...

  • Krzysztof Radzikowski

    Orange Samsung GT-I9505
    This item is not compatible with your device.

    Lol :)

  • http://www.flexlabs.org/ Artiom

    One thing you might want to note is that since the release of the new Hangouts app one could not initiate a hangout conversation (the new hangout, not the one in the old G+ app) from the contact cards. Since this release, the Green Hangout tab has been added to the contact card with the options of sending a message or starting a video call!