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Just like the web version of Google+, the Android app will now show you at least some of your friends' "+1" activity in the main social stream. The new functionality (which has more than a little in common with the way Facebook does things) should allow Google+ to be even more social - you'll be able to weigh in on more of your friends' activity, or at least the activity that doesn't include full posts. The updated app went live yesterday.


The tiny changelog reads as follows: "Discover posts that your friends have +1'd." Google stresses that people who have added you to their circles won't be able to see anything they couldn't before just by clicking on your profile - the public and private options for new posts are intact. If you want to change who can see your +1 activity (or at least who will see it in their stream) head to this settings menu and click the "Edit" button. 

Of course, this will increase the volume of your primary stream based on how many people are in your circles, and not everyone is thrilled about that. But if Google+ is to step up to its rivals in engagement as well as raw user numbers, this sort of thing is essential. The functionality should be expanding to iOS before too long.

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.
  • Roberto Giunta

    I'm gonna hijack this news and ask: Does anybody else have this problem that no map loads in the G+ Location option? I tried clearing data, logging out/in, nothing. Any advice? Friends are shown but as I said, without a map that is a joke... Thanks!

  • PupaVaskin

    Did you actually notice that card layout is different? In the Plus Team blog post screenshot user avatars are overlaying the image...

    • PupaVaskin

      Pity me... It's the iOS version :)

  • Kie

    Wish they would update the widget... I'd even accept them bringing back the old one

  • basteagow

    Kudos to Google for allowing us to control who can see what we +1. On Facebook, I have to constantly refrain from liking or commenting on anything controversial marked as Public because there's no way to keep my like or comment from being shown to all my friends.