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Earlier today at a livestreamed event in San Francisco, Google's SVP of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced a slew of new features slated for Google+ and Hangouts.

While we're still waiting for the Hangouts update that will enable SMS support, animated GIFs, and location sharing to hit the Play Store, which should happen in a few days, the Google+ update 4.2 is already live.

What's New?

G+ Photos is now Photos

After playing around with this version for a bit, I'm glad to report that the annoying and superfluous G+ Photos shortcut is now gone.

Update: Doh, G+ Photos is now just Photos, so you still have two shortcuts. Admittedly, this makes some sense and isn't as obnoxious-looking as G+ Photos (thanks, Russel Taylor!).

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Left: Google+ 4.1; middle, right: Google+ 4.2

New icon and menus

The cool new Photos icon we saw in the presentation is now official, and selecting the Photos menu item actually changes the slide-out menu altogether and exposes new filters, such as Auto Awesome, Videos, and Trash.

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Left: Google+ 4.1; middle, right: Google+ 4.2

Folder-based local photo browsing

Folder-based browsing has been added to local photos (thanks, Joe!):

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Auto Awesome Movie Maker

But probably the most important addition to Google+ 4.2 is the Auto Awesome Movie Maker, which can mash up photos, videos, and music into movies even Hollywood directors would be jealous of (OK, not really, but it's probably going to do a much better job than 95% of us could on our own).

As per Google, support seems to be limited to certain Android 4.3+ devices. We've confirmed one such device is the Nexus 4, which was used for all the screenshots.

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Here's an example of one such movie:

New swipe animation

Swiping between photos in Google+ now uses the same animation as swiping through the app drawer instead of simple sliding (thanks, Faruk Ahmet!):

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New photo sharing UI

Photos have a new slick slide-up sharing UI (thanks, Faruk Ahmet, for the spot!). Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to regular posts - you still have to go to the menu, copy the link, and share it manually. Oddly, if you tap on an image in a post first, then the new share UI is available. Can we have fix these inconsistencies please, Google?

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Copy text option in posts

Posts now have a Copy text option. It grabs the text comment part for easy pasting.

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Copy text, Reply to, and Report options in comments

Comments also have the new Copy text option, in addition to Reply to comment. Flag as inappropriate is now Report Comment and has more options (plus the inconsistency in capitalization made me twitch). But yay for Reply to comment!

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New post UI for images and number of views

The elements in shared images within G+ posts have been moved around and now expose the poster's name as well as the number of views. Finally, you can share using the new share UI. Once again, unfortunately this UI is not implemented if you tried to share the post itself. Very inconsistent and odd stuff.

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Left: Google+ 4.1; middle, right: Google+ 4.2

Updated Notifications pane UI

The notifications pane UI has been updated to the light theme, and now looks cleaner overall. The Dismiss all button has been slightly tweaked, and now tapping it pushes down the previously seen notifications by default. Last but not least, Mr Jingles is now animated (thanks, Denham!).

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Miscellaneous

  • Google+ now shows up as an option when you want to set an image as a wallpaper. Yeah, it's definitely gunning for the Gallery app and will likely replace it fully in the future.
  • I haven't been able to confirm yet, but I'm guessing the new Auto Awesome Action and Erase features are also live - time will show if these start turning up in my gallery.
  • On the search front, Google said it now recognizes over a thousand new objects, from "sunsets to snowmen."
  • The notification slide-out can no longer be dismissed by tapping outside the box - that's super annoying and something Google should fix ASAP (thanks, Faruk Ahmet!).
  • The YouTube tab that used to be present in user profiles is now missing. Odd.
  • Check out the new User Locations widget.
  • Animated GIFs start playing as soon as they scroll into view - you no longer need to tap them. Go #pixelpushing!
  • Originally Shared links now properly link to the post being re-shared rather than the profile of the person who originally shared it (thanks, Richard Davis!).

All in all, this is a pretty innovative update, which rejuvenates my excitement for the future of Google+. Google has shown time and time again that it's not treating G+ as yet another social network. Rather, the company is constantly pushing the limits with design and capabilities, especially on the mobile front, and it's exactly the kind of outside-the-box thinking we need in the space.

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.plus-4.2.0.55778941.apk (Android 3.0+).

Version: 4.2.0.55778941.

MD5: 7874800094d6199704782b6ef669e28d.

Thanks, Keyan X!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Milton P.

    I think we're receiving 4.4 update in bits, apk by apk silently updating to KitKat.

    • BrandoHD

      Lol, seems legit

    • http://www.twitter.com/ricankng787 Hector Marquez

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Bob G

      That's their plan since 4.3. No more requirement of the entire OS update just to get all the goodies :)

      • Jake

        The real reasons may be quite different

        tiny.cc/googlevil

        • anywherehome

          youre an iDi*t
          so bash Microsoft + Apple because they are completely closed and immoral

          Android you can have for free as an open source.....a great gift from Google!

          • Richard Dunne

            If you read Ron's article carefully instead of hastily passing idiotic comments, you may understand that Google is quickly turning important Android functionality into closed source.

          • anywherehome

            if you read more, you would understand without passing such an idiotic perception

            it's very difficult to keep the whole business open source so something must be closed.....Android OS is open and you can implement it into fridge, cars whatever you want......google must earn money to provide that for free so some services can not be open source to make business easier, but Android OS is still open source.....still the best

          • Adrian Meredith

            except for apps like photos/messaging etc have nothing to do with the android os. Android is just the api to hardware and thats the only part that needs to be open. The rest is up to developers. Pulling out the core apps makes the os much more open as any third party app can work as the default service. This means google apps work on the same playing field as anyone else. Its because of this separation that people like facebook can make a facebook phone thats pure unmodified android. This will help mitigate against forking

          • Michael Fontenot

            I think you missed the great and honorable Google.

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Wonder how this does or doesn't relate to the spied "Google Photos" icon in Nexus 5 screenshots...

    • lbrfabio

      It's clearly the same. The stock gallery will disappear and this will replace it

      • RoachForLife

        How will this replace it? My 'Photos' app only shows the stuff Ive uploaded to Google, not all the stuff on my device

        EDIT, perhaps a refresh resolved this. nm

        • lbrfabio

          The first thing you see is the Camera tab with all your local photos you took with the camera. Also there is on the top left "Folders" which show the local folders with pictures.

          If you think about it, It's not so much different than before where you were able to see your Picasa pictures and then some folders created by G+.
          Now they just expanded so much the features that for them make sense merge the gallery and g+ together....but at least you can do something with those photos now(before you could only see them).

          • Pascal

            Just photos are not organised very well. Bunch of photos, and than you can click on folders, but there is every folder in phone.

      • Jaredsutter

        I doubt the stock gallery will disappear. The stock gallery is the same apk as the camera app, which allows them to be so seamlessly integrated. The Gallery icon may disappear, but the functionality will remain, accessed from a swipe on the camera interface.

        • abqnm

          Who is to say that swiping won't transition to the new Photos app? Google could easily modify the camera to remove the gallery and make it exclusively the Photos app.

        • Paul_Werner

          That and you can't create a Tiney Planet via the filters section of the Photos on G+ so they'd have to integrate that before replacing Gallery

        • Santeri

          I also kinda doubt that the stock gallery app will disappear. Not yet..

  • Kaemo

    The new update has a few nice small touches.

    There's a new Google+ icon, the notification drawer is now white, the app seems to be smoother as well.

    • Sahil Chaturvedi

      Yep, much smoother for me.

  • Russel Taylor

    I don't have a G+ Photos shortcut, but I do have a Photos shortcut.

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

      Son of a...

      • Russel Taylor

        I suspect they're planning on replacing the Gallery app in 4.4.

        • Franco Rossel

          With that local photo viewer, you can be fairly sure.

        • abqnm

          I suspect that is true. With the ability to view local photos as well as FINALLY being able to share photos with something other than g+, this make perfect sense.

        • yihtang

          While this seems to be their intention, after playing around with Photos I'm seeing that there are a lot of features missing from Gallery. You can't open camera from it, you can't use the pinch and swipe gesture to delete pictures, and picture loading sometimes take significantly longer time.. The UI looks good and promising, but I feel that there is much more to be done to it. If this is going to replace gallery in 4.4 I would be a bit sad. Like how they dropped a tonnes of features moving to Maps 7.0.

        • Sahil Chaturvedi

          But do you think that it'll come bundled with the G+ app? That'll be slightly annoying, as I frequently uninstall Google+.

          • akshay7394

            That could be their aim (if it is, in fact, bundled with the app)

            This way you wouldn't be able to uninstall it; you might resort to using it

        • http://gplus.to/briancalderon Brian A. Calderon

          Replicating the Gallery app will definitely bring an update to older phones without any hold-backs!

      • Blendi Krasniqi

        The "photos" it not just a shortcut, it acts like a seperate app. Just like camera and gallery.

  • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

    The sharing menu in Photos is changed too.

    • lbrfabio

      It's pretty nice too.

      I wonder if that could be released for every app if you use KitKat changing the old standard way of sharing things on Android.

    • Jooyoung Hong

      Things like this get my hopes for new UI & animations in KitKat! =)

      • Sahil Chaturvedi

        Nah, Google has a reputation with experimenting will all of this Sadly, I doubt we will ever have a completely consistent Google experience :(

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

      Nice spot!

      • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

        And browsing photos by swiping uses the "Card stack" animation now, like the homescreens and the app drawer in stock Android.

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

          Also nice spot.

  • Jooyoung Hong

    minor UI thing I noticed in the Photos app.
    When you slide between the two panels, the "highlight bar" slides too. This is a nice new animation. (Compare it to the stock phone app)
    I hope 4.4 brings in lot more new animations and pleasant UI elements

    This is going to possibly replace the gallery app in 4.4?

  • Joe

    Not sure if you guy saw this... but the G+ Photos "app" isn't really gone. It's now just called "Photos".

    On the plus side, Google+ Photos now seems to integrate with local photos (there is a "Folders" icon that lets you browse your local pictures), which is awesome. It doesn't show you your default photos folder, which is a good thing, as that would be redundant assuming you have auto-backup enabled. In essence, it is able to replace the "Gallery" app completely.

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

      Good call on both.

    • Paul_Werner

      Except for the different filters that are in Gallery only. There are a lot that are in Photos too but for people with phones that can to photosphere's the Tiny Planet "filter" is not in the Photos section of G+

  • NemaCystX

    Thank you guys for getting rid of the two different download links you used to have that led to a different marketplace. This new widget is much better!

  • duse

    I really hate how viewing photos full-screen in G+ is not actually full screen, and the status bar is still visible and takes up space. It makes a noticeable difference compared to the stock Gallery which shows photos truly full-screen where the status bar slides away. Why would they do this....if I'm viewing photos full-screen, I want to see just the photo, not also the time and a random white dot in place of notifications. I'm guessing this hasn't changed in the new update?

    • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

      No it hasn't, and I agree a 100%

      • duse

        Even in landscape! How absurd. So much screen space is wasted. Google sucks at UI.

    • David Spivey

      Not that Google shouldn't do this for you, but if you root your phone, install Xposed Framework and App Settings, you can do this yourself. Any app, including "Photos" can be required to go full screen all the time.

      • duse

        Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not rooted anymore, and hate to have to for dumb reasons like this, but Google just keeps making it necessary with their poor decisions.

    • trickytree1984

      you can, click the menu button and select "slideshow"

      • duse

        This doesn't help the full-screen/status bar problem at all, all it does is auto-advance the pictures.

  • Jooyoung Hong

    One thing I don't get...
    When you click "Photos" in the hamburger menu, it expands to show the submenus, and then it transitions in to the photos app. Same thing for when going back to G+ from Photos app.
    This doesn't make sense for me in terms of UX.
    Why expand to show it if you're just going to transition and close it for me?
    I have to press once more to get the hamburger out to press Albums, auto awesome, videos, etc...

    • miri

      The hamburger menu always closes when you select an item. The animation tells you that the contents of the menu have changed, otherwise you'd expect the standard G+ navigation to be there and wouldn't think to check when looking for the items that were previously in the action bar spinner.

    • Sahil Chaturvedi

      Agreed! Makes no sense to me at all.

  • Joe

    Anyone know what the compatibility is for the Auto-Awesome movie feature? According to Google, "Auto Awesome Movie works on certain devices with Android 4.3+, but all the other app features are widely supported." I'm on a Galaxy Nexus running 4.3, but I don't see the option anywhere. Am I just missing it?

    • Pascal

      maybe it's not yet available.

      • Joe

        Seems to be working in the screenshot above. :/

        • Pascal

          oh, I see now. Mabye it's only for N4. Which is really weird, because it's only sw function.

          • Ryuuie

            I have the 4 and not showing up.

          • Ross MacRae

            I have the Moto X In Canada and I don't have 4.3... or Auto Awesome Movies... :(

    • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

      I have an HTC One with 4.3 and I don't have it either :(

      • Scott Ricketts

        Ditto.

    • John

      I have the 2012 Nexus 7 on 4.3 and no love either.

    • Chetan

      Have a note 3 and I have it.

      • Paul LaBella

        What carrier are you on? I have Note 3 with ATT and do not have it.

        • Niviac

          Note 3 Verizon - still don't have it

        • Chetan

          Rogers in Canada.

    • Nathan Borup

      its available on the nexus 10, sadly i don't use my nexus 10 camera very often (very awkward)

    • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

      I wonder if we can change our phone identification and cheat G+ into thinking it's a Nexus 4? I'm sure there's something for it over at XDA, but where exactly?

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        Change your build.prop, bro. Needs Root.

        • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

          Yeah I tried that but I didn't know how much of it or which entries in it was to be changed and to what, so... I couldn't make it work. Yet.

          • John Whitworth

            Hey did you get this working? I have the LG G2 but am running an AOSP rom. I'd like to use auto awesome movies, but the option isn't there. Lemme know if you figured out how to trick it into working!

          • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

            It finally worked! Using BuildProp Editor (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrummy.apps.build.prop.editor ) I replaced every HTC-related string with the relevant entries in the Nexus 4 build.prop (here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=34252913&postcount=5 ). It didn't do anything at first, even after rebooting, but somehow it started working 3 days later, yesterday. Play Store sees my device as 'LGE Nexus 4' now and AutoAwesome Movies works too. Here are the changes I made to the buildprop:

            ro.product.brand=google
            ro.product.device=mako
            ro.product.manufacturer=LGE
            ro.product.model=Nexus 4
            ro.product.name=occam

            That's all I changed. I also uninstalled the new version I installed with the apk I got from here and waited for the official update from the Play Store just in case. Hope you can make it work too.

          • Austin Tompkins

            You need to make those changes then wipe the play store data. Worked for me. But when I try and go into hilights it crashes. :(

    • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

      I'm on a Nexus 4 running stock unrooted 4.3 and neither do I have the option listed in their screenshot. Wtf?

      • Jeff Langsner

        Same here, stock Nexus 4 and no Auto Awesome Movie icon.. Wonder if it's a regional limitation. I'm in Montréal Canada

        • Ryuuie

          I'm in the USA and I don't have it :(

          • Jeff Langsner

            Update: I enabled auto upload and waited for it to finish, then the option to enable it appeared in my account settings under auto awesome

    • Adrian Meredith

      Its likely that it requires renderscript GPGPU support. This means you'll need a modern gpu so that excludes our galaxy nexi. It would explain how its so fast

    • mauswe

      GNex here, dont have it. Anyone with this phone that have auto awesome?

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Only if they changed the sliding down of notification bar animation to the one that's shown in the youtube video above ...

  • Niviac

    I'm not getting the "Use this device to create Auto Awesome movies" on the Note 3, maybe the Note 3 isn't supported yet?

  • Lirodon

    4.4; goodbye AOSP Gallery

  • Pratik Holla

    I Haven't been able to view photospheres through the app. But it works on the web version. I get a toast message that says "Cannot view photosphere". Anyone know why this is?

  • Paul_Werner

    Now when you try opening a photo it asks if you want Photos as default or Gallery. Take a screenshot and open it from the Notification Shade and you'll be prompted

  • WHO?

    Biggest feature for me is sharing outside of google+ to almost every app you have! I hated having to share stricky in google+. This is a winner!

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

      Seriously. That was highly annoying. Unfortunately, you can't do that to posts, only photos. I'd argue that improved post sharing would be much more useful.

      • abqnm

        And we really need the ability to select/copy text. Sure you can copy the whole post text, but no comments or links that don't actually become links. Come on, Google. This isn't a first generation iPhone.

  • usaff22

    Why is 4.2 not enough? Not many phones have 4.3 and not many will. :(

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

    Another new option: Copy Text in posts.

  • John

    The Sharing menu under setting allows you to choose who will see your +1. Nice

  • remister

    @archon810:disqus No mediafire mirror?
    I can't download from the two mirrors for some reason.

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

      Sure, there is one now.

  • AJ

    I know this is a newbie question, but will I receive updates from the play store in the future if I install this app from the download link provided?

    • Pascal Welsch

      yes

    • remister

      If you install (sideload) the update, then you won't be notified with this current update, but will for future updates.

      • AJ

        Thanks. Downloading now :D

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

      Yea, you'll be fine.

  • DanSan

    im rocking cm 10.1.3 but i really need to flash cm 10.2 so i can try this out. i cant find any of the stuff in the last nexus 4 screenshot on my phone at all. only auto awesome tab i see if it hit the hamburger button in google+. shows no videos. cant find any other settings anywhere. i also dont have auto upload of photos turned on. not sure if i need that on

  • Naren King

    The option to "Use this device to create Autoawesome movies" is on my N7 2013, but not my N4.

  • Kiamat

    How did you get to the Photo menu?

    • Naren King

      Settings > Account Settings > [tap on your account]

      • Kiamat

        Thanks!

  • The_Chlero

    I have a Galaxy Nexus stock Android 4.3 the way Google intented and my Gallery app has the same animation as "swiping through the app drawer" instead of simple sliding. I never had the simple sliding in my Gallery app.

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

      Yes, but now it's present in Google+ photos, not the stock Gallery.

  • vs8

    The notification drawer is different and the icon on the up button was tweaked a bit.

  • Dan Carter

    Hmm, not sure I'm digging the randomness of some of these features. For instance, you can apply auto awesome to a photo in an album but not in the "photos" section. You can move photos from album to album but you can't move a photo from the "photos" section to an album (even if it's backed up to the cloud). To edit a photo in the "photos" section you tap on the paintbrush icon. To do the same thing in an album you have to tap the menu button then tap "edit". I still can't take a collection of photos that are auto-backed up and move them into an album like I can from my PC. Seems like I should be able to. I'm just moving photos around an Google's servers.

    Otherwise the features themselves are fantastic. I'd just like a bit more consistency.

    • codemonkey85

      You can't copy photos from auto-backup to an album? You can do it in the current version of Google+... backsliding is not cool. :-/

      • Dan Carter

        Nope. There's no auto backup album now. Not in the app at least.

    • chaizan

      You probably figured this out by now i hope. Tap and hold the photos you want to move to an album and press the "copy to album" button thar appear.

  • Wojciech Skrok

    Another spot, that new Photos will replace Gallery. This screenshot is from "Set photo as", "More"

  • Nathan Borup

    anyone know if you can create an auto awesome movie from the browser?

  • Marcell Lévai

    Blablabla... DOWNLOAD ;)

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

    OK, a whole bunch of changes have been spotted and noted.

  • live2ski

    Google Watch at 0:45???

  • Lupe Fiasco

    Yessssss. Thank you Google for changing the Notifications to Light. The Dark look really did not fit in with the rest of the app. Now to fix that Black Bar at the bottom and the app will be in line with looks for the most part.

  • Lewis P

    Only one thing appears to be missing with this update - You can't access your "Auto Backup" photos from within the app now (or at least that I can see), since it defaults to your on-device Camera, and the auto-backup doesn't appear as an album?

    • Dan Carter

      Yeah that's annoying. That keeps me from moving auto-backed up photos to other almubs from my phone.

  • Dan Carter

    I'm not seeing the camera slate icon that will allow me to make an auto awesome movie on my device. I'm on an N4 running 4.3 stock. Anyone else have this issue? It's the icon in the screenshot:

    • timbo

      Option to create movies not here either, nexus 4 running 4.3

    • Ryuuie

      Same problem here.

    • csgabor

      I'm on CM 10.2 and outside the US using a Nexus 4, maybe one of these is the reason for the option not to appear,

  • MrDivaNYC

    I got it now too. Did yall add me on BBM yet? 7B725FA9

  • MrDivaNYC

    did yall add me on BBM yet? 7B725FA9

  • Melissa Peterson

    What do you mean by Mr. Jingles is now animated, that after clearing notifications it automatically rings? Because it had animation before, but it had to be done manually by tapping on the bell to make it go off.

  • Hayden Lueck

    Mr Jingles was animated before. If you tapped him he'd jingle. It's just that now he does it automatically when you open the notification drawer and you have no notifications.

  • gentlechu

    Google just pushed the full Photos app that is going to replace the old Gallery in Android 4.4. You can see how it runs as a separate app which you can see when looking at the task switcher.

  • http://blog.gonline.at Georg S.

    The translate feature is new too in this App.

  • Doctor Awesome PHD

    Anyone else having issues updating Google+ profile picture from new Photos?

  • Brian Menius

    When I click on the "Locations" option in the menu and scroll through the locations of a few people, it's unholy hell trying to get back into G+ with the back arrow. I just had to press it probably a dozen times to get back into G+. Frustrating.

  • codemonkey85

    Will this APK work for any device? I thought there were different builds for different devices.

    • miri

      Depends on the app. This works on all of my devices.

  • spacekobra

    I don't know if this has been posted yet but animated gifs now play in the stream. You no longer need to click on the picture.

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Hey guys, can you just confirm something? Somehow, I feel that the G+ icon has grown in size. Am I wrong?

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Yeah, im pretty sure of it now. Just compared with my dad's n4 running the old Google Plus.. The icon is definitely bigger.

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Also, am I the only one who absolutely hates the new Photos icon? It's so... Non Googly.
    I loved the "G+ Photos" icon.

  • dmo580

    Mr. Jingles is already animated currently

  • Henning

    Anyone else not getting active hyperlinks in this version?

  • Thomas Wong

    One curious thing about the notifications. We can swipe down to dismiss the Previously Read section, but not swipe up to bring it up.

  • Falconator

    I've never really used G+ but the movie maker alone might push me to trying it out more.

  • Taco Monster

    Two more changes I found:

    1. On reshared posts, there is now a link back to the original post, and not just to the person who originally shared it.

    2. The people choosing process in the share dialog has been streamlined. Earlier, you would get this annoying new screen:https://www.dropbox.com/sc/h4wivu51i5kxz8p/1iIldQMx83

    Now, you get a dropdown like this:https://www.dropbox.com/sc/wjtxxflb41eitoq/YMfm4i_-52

  • Guest

    Why can't I see the Photos app icon in the app drawer? I couldn't see the G+ photos app icon either before this update

  • Mystery Man

    It's been 24 hours and no hangouts :(

  • Michael Fontenot

    I'm impressed with how smooth the transition is between g+ and photos, quite unlike how it used to be with maps and navigation.

  • Darren Soh

    Anyone know why my photo app don't have the video making icon on the upper right corner? Im running the latest version of G+ and I'm on 4.3 Note 3. anyone? my friends note 3 have it!

  • Mousa Rasaei

    I installed google+ but I dont have movie maker icon when I open photo google link !?

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