Google has been adding a lot of new features and design tweaks to the G+ app as of late, and today an update will be rolling out that puts focus on the way it handles notifications service-wide. Post-update, when you dismiss a notification – which also happens to have a new bell icon – on one platform, it will dismiss said notification globally, regardless of whether the action is performed on mobile or the web. Unread notifications will also be separated from those that have already been read moving forward.

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That aside, the Android app is also getting a few key new features:

  • Photo deletion directly from the Photos view
  • Tapping the post shows now +1s, comments, and reshares
  • The new slide-out menu has finally been incorporated

That last point is going to be a big one for many people – G+ is finally getting the new navigation drawer that has already showed up in Music, Magazines, GMail, and several other Google apps.

Updates to both the Android and web apps are rolling out gradually starting today, with iOS support coming later.

[Update] Here is the APK you can install manually if you don't want to wait (thanks, Ilya!):

via Vic Gundotra (G+)

Cameron Summerson
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  • M1lkm4n

    no swipe down to refresh like in the new gmail app? that's a bummer...

    • Dominic Powell

      patience daniel-san

    • Crístian Deives

      what if you're reading down the stream list and you want to update? how are you going to pull to refresh?

      • PhilNelwyn

        ...like in the new Gmail app?

        • jordan

          So say you're at the bottom of the comments on a thread & you want to refresh. It'd be god awful to have to scroll all the way to the top to refresh, &then all the way back down. I'd rather a button.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Yeah, that's right.

  • Logan

    Mind sending out another tweet/post when you grab the .apk for us? I'd love to get my hands on it without waiting for the rollout.

    • http://addisontodd.com/ Addison Todd

      It's not even out on Play yet. If it's staged, we'll have an APK right after that.

    • cabbiebot


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      We're not doing this on a regular basis, and we won't here. If it's a really major update (eg, Gmail 4.5), we'll consider it, but this isn't. We aren't the staged rollout APK police, nor do I think Google particularly loves the idea of widespread off-Store distribution of Gapps.

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

        I agree with the latter but I disagree with the former. If we can get our hands on the APK before others who want it, we'll mirror it.

        • brkshr

          apk in my post below

        • cabbiebot

          Thank you Artem. The APKs are one of the reason I come to AP first.

  • spacekobra

    messenger gone?

    • Paul_Werner

      Not yet. I wish it was too

  • whargharbl

    Did they replace Messenger with Hangouts?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Sounds like an android version update. That's a big move.

      • Nasko Hristov

        He means, the Messanger in Google+, a.k.a the previous chat service for Google+, because now /the last official/ update there are two tha hangouts and the messanger.

        • Matt

          The Messenger app since this update just redirects you to Hangouts...or at least it does for me.

          • Rabid Rotty

            Killed messenger. Can see messages just can't respond my guess next update will take messenger out completely

    • spacekobra

      Its still there for me.

    • Andrew

      Messenger is still in the app, but so is Hangouts (which redirects to the Hangouts app). When you click into Messenger there is a message to 'Update to Hangouts', so it looks like they are trying to encourage people to move over.

  • http://addisontodd.com/ Addison Todd

    Give it time, it's not showing staged because the date is still the 5th. It's not even out on Play yet. If it's staged, we'll have an APK right after that.

  • jamma

    What about the pull-to-refresh from GMail? I hate the current refresh button, looks so drab in comparison

    • miri

      I'd say the refresh button is a better fit. Swipe down to refresh only works at the top of the which is a problem in an app where you're constantly scrolling down. The refresh button notifies you of new posts and takes you back top the top from anywhere in the stream.

      • jamma

        Hmm I dunno, I think it would work well. The way twitter handles it is good - When you pull to refresh the newer posts appear but it doesn't move your position, so you can scroll up and read the new posts in the order they arrived

        • Eddie Jr

          But you read going up on Twitter, while down on Google +

  • Danny Holyoake

    Remember when we thought Google would unify chat. Messenger still exists.

    • Nasko Hristov

      Yeah, they are transferring the chat history between the two. They are not magicians.

    • Cariel

      They said it will be removed when Messengers history is imported into Hangouts...

    • Ryuuie

      Tap "G+ Messenger" and it'll redirect you to Hangouts with the new update. They're most likely trying to not freak people out who expected things to stay the same.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Nice, Ive been waiting for the slide-out. Also unified notifications will be nice since I have multiple devices.

    Now just bring that to Google Voice.

  • Zargh

    They actually added a drawer consistent with the design guidelines?

    ...This changes EVERYTHING.

    • M1lkm4n

      well, youtube is still inconsistent...

      • Phil Oakley

        All in good time. :)

  • WestIndiesKING

    How about they update so i have the option to not automatically have my hangout photos stored on my google plus account? God i hate that

    • Eddie Jr

      Yes please!!!

  • Cory Wilson

    I don't get why they do that. It's an app update, why stage it?

    • Nasko Hristov

      Probably too many traffic, or if there is a bug, in both ways it is very annoying for us users.

    • naysayer

      To limit the collateral damage in case of faulty updates, I guess.
      This is more of a feature for devs who have to compete on the Play Store via ratings. Bad ratings because of problems with some devices can be limited with staged rollouts. Imho Google is just promoting this new feature.

    • OSagnostic

      I am more than happy to be at the end of the staged rollout. I would rather get some feedback from user before I decide whether to upgrade or not.

  • Michael Ta

    how does the "staged rollout" really work? is it based on region? imei? who bought first get it first? or just random? o.O I don't know this and just curious.

    • shadowx360

      Random account, I believe. Once you get it, you have it for all your devices.

      • Haunter

        That's not true. My devices will update at different times.

    • Benjamin Pavel

      Watch the Google I/O clip where they explain how staged rollout functions. =)

      • Nasko Hristov

        Can you post a link?

        • Benjamin Pavel

          youtu . be /SDaf7f9yl6E

  • br_hermon

    What does everyone think about the new notification? Empty bell = no new notifications, Filled Bell = notifications (at least judging by the pictures) IF that's the case, I don't like it. Google has gone with lots of white and grey but the red notification stood out and attracted attention. Plus I liked the counter. What do you all think? AP, any word on if this is the new notification behavior we can expect?

    • Nasko Hristov

      The icon is better, but they could fit in there numbers of notifications.

    • miri

      I like the bell. The counter is huge and looks hideous in the a bar.

    • br_hermon

      @miri @Nasko Hristov I think that the bell icon does infact fit visually with the rest of the icons in the action bar however, I have to still say I like the red notification box better. One big problem with the bell is that it doesn't fit the Google design standard and no other similar implementation like it can be found in any other google apps. (Though to be fair, the same can be said for the red notification box) There are "filled in" icons in the gmail app, hangouts, Drive and more. There too are "empty icons" as well. What are users to believe, are filled icons telling them something? or are they just simply filled? It's not consistent UX and confusing.

    • spacekobra

      Empty bell= nothing new
      Full bell with number = new

  • Babs Oyed

    Does it now give you the option to respond to a comment or do you still have to use your desktop to do that?

    What I'm anxiously awaiting is the hangouts update that integrates SMS and Google voice and restores the previous status notification style and allows sending all kinds of files including pdf. That would be much more exciting for me.

    • BobbyHillWard

      I thought you could always do that just by typing "+Username"

  • brkshr
  • Bala

    Update rolling out here in india, looks good

  • Fernando

    Google + does not allow adding high resolution photos directly from the app or gallery?

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

    APK posted.

  • Haunter

    I hate seeing people bitch about it... every... single... time. As if their life is going to be dramatically affected by being patient.

    • TylerChappell

      Well, that person COULD die in some tragic accident by the time the update rolls out to their device sooooo they may never see it D:

  • IamTheFij

    The 1px grey line under the black bar at the bottom and above the on screen buttons is really annoying... There is no separator anywhere else in the OS. Don't need one here.

  • parrispayden

    I updated but still not seeing the bell icon for notifications.

    • Emmanuel Buttigieg

      Same here.

      • Roberto Giunta

        As you can see in the screenshot, there is a bell icon in the browser window, too, so it seems that there are some server side updates that have to roll out, too.

        I installed the update manually and don't see the bell either, but the new slide out menu is there.

  • jayray78

    What versions # is this?

  • Grimmjow

    I love you guys but your mobile site is very glitchy on Chrome on Android. Nexus 4 here.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Now come on Youtube, don't lag behind, you can do it!

  • Aaron Stevens

    Hope this fixes the What's Hot section, namely some of the articles of what you've scrolled past start appearing again. And clicking a youtube video and then exiting returns you back to All Circles, then you have to go to What's Hot and scroll _all_ the way down again to get back to where you were. Annoying.