According to Googler Virgil Dobjanschi, there's a new version of Google+ for Android rolling out the Play Store right now. While there's no official changelog and the Play Store entry doesn't seem to be telling much, the biggest addition is a new notification for when your photos have been given the "Auto Awesome" treatment. If you'll recall from the 2013 Google I/O presentation, Auto Awesome is a processing feature that automatically turns similar photos into collages or animated GIFs.

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The Auto Awesome feature happens in the background and there's no reliable way to activate it aside from taking similar photos that Google+ can recognize. The new notification should be useful if you're tired of checking the web version of Google+ to see when your fancy-schmancy animated GIFs are available. Dobjanschi mentioned other changes as well, but they're mostly bug fixes and performance updates. We'll have an APK teardown posted soon.

As usual, Google is rolling the update out in stages. The Play Store entry was updated late last night, but there's no telling when you might see the download on your device. Since this process seems to be rather elongated as of late, you can go to the mirror below and download the 4.1.1 APK file for side-loading if you're impatient. Because it's never too soon for automatic GIFs, I suppose.

Google+ 4.1.1 APK Download

Source: Virgil Dobjanschi - thanks to former AP writer Ron Amadeo for the APK file!

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.
  • Josh Flowers

    seriously. i get 99% of my Google roll-out apk's from you guys. i don't even bother checking other android sites for them. So thank you thank you.

    • Barton82

      Hell, I'm starting to not even bother checking the Play Store.

    • Fiorta

      I started by following about 6-7 Android sites. I'm down to AP and DL.

  • http://anaershadowynomaly.deviantart.com Farran Lee

    The other notable change that I've found is that you can continue scrolling after +1ing something now! (As in, you song have to wait for the +1 animation to finish. Gosh that was infuriating.)

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

      Oh my god, yes! I thought I was the only one absolutely frustrated to death about that. I kept checking in every update until I basically gave up.

  • simp1istic

    Does it finally stop sending the photo backup completed notifications all over??

    • Duncankrebbers

      and stop the email a few hours later as well! I know that I've took some pictures! And if I'd wanted to share them, I'd done it right away.

  • Caleb

    Anyone figure out how to disable this notification?

    • Lee Thompson

      I'm pretty sure that turning off notifications in the settings inside the Google+ app will do it. I hope so; I just changed the setting and haven't had a test yet.

  • Bradley Ruiz

    What i want for them to fix is why some random videos wont auto upload, it drives me crazy

    • Lionel Barrow

      If memory serves me correctly, the videos need to be less than 15 minutes long otherwise it won't upload.

      I hope this helps.

      • Bradley Ruiz

        it doesnt, i dont have 15+ minutes long videos on my phone :P and it happens randomly in my last batch all videos some with 5mins footage uploaded fine but one that was 1 minute long didnt


    How make the gif? 3rd

    • CoreRooted

      tl;dr? You can't. It is done automatically by G+ when you upload similar photos taken in somewhat rapid succession.

  • RitishOemraw

    The apk download gives me a Parsing error every time I download it and try to install....is it my GNexus or is the apk erroring out on me?

  • Nevi_me

    Just a note, I still haven't received 4.1.
    It's the only app update that I haven't side loaded. I find it silly that there's now another update starting to make the rounds

  • wizky

    Whyd iphone have this first?

  • Oleg Kozlovskii

    How to turn off this God damned notifications? I receive 30 notifications PER HOUR! G+ should be charged with sexual harassment for raping my brain!