In a detailed post to Google+ this morning, Googler Virgil Dobjanschi announced new and enhanced features for the Google+ Android app. They'll be arriving in an update to version 4.1, set to go live today. According to Dobjanschi, the changes are focused on additions and revisions suggested by end users, and looking at the list, we're inclined to believe him.

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First of all: no more Google+ Messenger. Ha-lay-freakin-lujah. Since the new Hangouts app has effectively replaced G+ messenger on the web, the mobile version is following suit, meaning you won't ever have to see that extraneous icon in your app drawer again. Google+ now supports faster switching between accounts in the same way that Gmail does. Just open up the side navigation menu and tap your secondary account to get going. It works the same way for any pages you've created or been added to. (Dear Google: web writers everywhere thank you for this one.)

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Sharing your location gets a bit of fine-tuning. You can share exact location or a generalized location and select which circles get access to that information and which don't. Of course you've always got the option to keep your location hidden. Perhaps more importantly, Google+ users will be able to share photos and videos straight from Google Drive without leaving the Google+ app. Google Apps for Business users now have access to all Google+ features.

Dobjanschi also mentions other tweaks including a Gmail-style pull-to-refresh function, but we'll have to get our hands on the app itself before we can pinpoint them. The update is being rolled out in stages, so don't be surprised if you can't download it right away.

Update: APK download.

Source: Virgil Dobjanschi (Google+)

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.
  • Gnuriuz

    And as always: APK? :)

    • jayray78

      Someone had to ask. Might as well be you.

      • Gnuriuz

        Totally aware of that, I forgot to include the obvious troll is obvious part.

        • Gnuriuz

          It has been released! Now, how do I rip out the APK?

          • Tacomonster

            Are you rooted? If so, look in the directory /data/app using a file explorer.

  • aNYthing6

    About damn time. Now to integrate Voice.

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      From an international point - Voice as in "free voice calling" to fellow Google Hangout users

      I understanding like Skype (Hangouts & Voice) that if people want to call a landline then they should pay, mobile users would likely have an application installed so could have "free" calls through that!

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Finally. Been waiting for account switching.

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      This style should come in all applications that has accounts - Google or otherwise including those that not Google Apps!

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    Sighs I hate the location bit ! Latitude worked everywhere the new location system doesn't work in my country WHY YOU DO THIS GOOGLE!!

  • Kostas V.

    Title should be "Version 4.1" not "Android 4.1" ;P

  • nawa

    I really wish they wound have done something about this awful posting bar. This bothers me most, looks out of place. :( https://lh6.ggpht.com/ttrqn07wfV9_uG3Mq64U8q2jLthl8l2dETCUiXCgfZy0GoKx-H9SeqowCJcG6Xw4qw=h900-rw

    • skitchbeatz

      It doesn't fit the theme at all

    • Robert Balazs

      I really wish too....

      • okungnyo

        Damn those status bar/nav bar look awesome! Please share how it's done!

        • Floris

          That's the Paranoid rom, you can set a system-wide theme for the status and navigation bar, but you can also theme it per app..

          • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

            <3 the fuck out of some PA!

        • Robert Balazs

          It's a custom ROM, Paranoid Android ROM feature :)

          • okungnyo

            Thanks for the super fast reply! Is Paranoid Android running Android 4.3 yet? Also is it stable? And is it easy to install/uninstall? Is it the only custom ROM to have this feature?

          • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

            Yes to all, except stability since I'm not sure about thatt.

            I don't know any other ROMs that have it.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Yes, yes, yes and yes.

            Flash the latest 3.96 and smile!

        • ThomasMoneyhon

          whats the color value?

  • OldDogeyes

    Wish that Google would update / fix the actual Google Drive app... I have been unable to open files on my Sprint S4 for over a month. And others from AT&T have reported the same problem...

    • ddpacino

      AT&T isolated issue? No problem viewing, opening, saving files over my T-mobile or wifi.

      • OldDogeyes

        I am with Sprint -- so not isolated to AT&T...

        • Fifth313ment

          On Sprint with stock EVO LTE with latest software and Drive App and no issue loading anything. I tried with pinned and unpinned docs. Maybe a phone issue? If you want me to test anything let me know.

          • OldDogeyes

            I guess it could be a phone issue, but I think it is a bug in the Drive App. Sucks because I use Google Docs almost exclusively now - need to access my files from mobile regularly...

  • Anup
    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      Sorry! Music on Google Play is not available in your country yet.


      • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

        Even if you m-p(3) was such as the UK - these Free Songs - Google is using "geolocational offering!"

        If you not in the US (I assume) - you aint getting it! (unless you pay of course assuming the tracks are licensing to you Play Music country,

        Campaign for more transparency with Licensing and these "Free" promotions!

    • Fifth313ment

      Don't thumb down Anup's comment because Google location locked the songs. At least he shared. Thanks Anup, I wanted a few of the songs in that list, mainly Swedish House Mafia & David Guetta. Thanks again and don't worry about them. I didn't know about these so this was great.

  • Guest

    Android 4.1????

    • naysayer


  • Zak Taccardi

    Have they fixed the location sharing bug where it has to be a system app yet?

    • Sir_Brizz

      We can only hope....

      • Zak Taccardi

        well with the latest gapps, google+ is a system app if you're on a custom ROM

        • Sir_Brizz

          You mean the one that came out yesterday?

    • Martin Brunnhauser

      any news on that issue? because those workarounds dont work for devices running gingerbread... the apk always gives me a parsing error, so im forced to wait for the update and find out myself...

  • mgamerz

    You should do a teardown and see if anything about the chromecast is in there.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    I want to see my +1s in the app, or something like activities log in Facebook.

  • Benni Bennetsen

    what's the idear in seeing photoes from drive.. they are stored at picasa anyway for most ?

  • http://www.hubbiesathome.blogspot.com/ Skip

    I'm pretty pleased to see them get around to adding some functionality I requested several months ago:


    Hopefully with the drive-enabled features it'll now be far less of a chore to share photos from my instant uploads storage through other means.

  • loranz

    Got it. The new pull down to refresh it way cool. :-)

  • mesmorino

    I like how they now let you see your Google Drive photos in G+, while ignoring the underlying messy set up with Picasa.