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The Google+ app has long had a number of annoying UI quirks, but a leaked redesign last month gave us hope big changes were on the horizon. Today is the day we finally get out hands on that new UI. Google+ head honcho Dave Besbris has kindly provided a complete changelog for the update, and it's a big one.

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What's New

We don't know what secrets might be hiding inside yet, but here's all the new stuff you'll see. Anything in italics is what we've noticed ourselves.

  • Auto Awesome Stories now combine your photos, videos and the places you visit into beautiful travelogues. You can read more at googleblog.blogspot.com.
  • Auto Awesome Movies are now available on Android, iOS and the web, so lots more people will receive highlight reels of their photos and videos. Here’s one example: http://goo.gl/9ljcdj.
  • You can now create animated GIFs and photobooth-style images on demand. Just tap the new plus button in Photos, and select either Motion or Mix.
  • Really big photo libraries are now supported on Android, so you can access your many thousands of photos quickly and easily.
  • You can now browse your entire photo library, as well as your highlights, by date. Just drag the new scroll bar to move forwards or backwards in time.
  • Profiles now display total content views on both Android and the web. (You can choose to show or hide this number via settings.)
  • A new navigation menu makes it easier to switch between your favorite circles and communities, as well as other places in the app.
  • It’s a lot easier to share content from your phone or tablet. To give it a try, just tap the new pencil icon at the bottom right of the stream.
  • The app menu now slides away as you move down the stream, letting posts fill the entire screen.
  • Links for Play Store Betas are visible in the app, they were missing in the old version for some reason.
  • Live camera preview tile in new post screen
  • Search button on the main screen now instead of in navigation menu
  • Directions to people in Location screen.
  • New system-themed toast notifications of new posts
  • Albums have buttons to comment or plus the post
  • Section for recent communities in drop down menu

It certainly looks like that red redesign is about to roll out. Besbris says the update will start appearing today.

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Play Store Betas – Left: old, Right: new

APK 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_ 4.4.0.67576161.apk

MD5: db8f5de61690033d19ff41d05d89933e

Version: 4.4 (Android 4.4+)

  1. AndroidFileHost mirror
  2. ZippyShare mirror
  3. MediaFire mirror
  4. MEGA mirror

 

File Name: com.google.android.apps.plus-4.4.0.67576161_API11.apk

MD5: 2f66a180ab1005bfe5f487b24bddb574

Version: 4.4 (Android 3.0+)

  1. AndroidFileHost mirror
  2. ZippyShare mirror

 

Bonus: APK for x86 Android 3.0+ devices only

[+Dave Besbris, Thanks, +Anthony C. Maki, +Ananya Gupta, +Leo Nidas, and +Luke Arran]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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

    So fresh and so clean. And finally the bottom bar is gone. Good riddance!

    • jpelgrom

      And inconsistent UI design with the other Android apps (for now - they'll probably unveil it as the new Holo (or something like that) at I/O)

      • datallboy

        Looks like the new Hera UI.

        • JackPackage

          Hera has nothing to do with the looks of the UI...

      • Christopher Bement

        This is the start of the new HOLO.

        • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

          HOLOYOLO

          • Christopher Bement

            HOLOYOLO

          • minion

            I hate Drake because of his stupid yolo crap.

          • Christopher Bement

            *whoosh*

      • PhineasJW

        Yup. Speaking as an Android Developer:

        Just when they appeared to be switching all apps to use the left-hand Navigation Drawer and were removing the Overflow menu -- they added the Overflow menu back, and created a totally new Spinner Navigation Drawer!!

        The mixed messages are a cluster-#*@! for Android developers and confusing to users as well. Seriously disappointing.

        If this were part of a larger design shift, they should have explained it.

        If this was the work of an isolated G+ team, someone needs to walk through the G+ offices with a Flamethrower -- a Nerf one, of course.

        • Zak Taccardi

          The new spinner makes a lot more sense. It has feedback based on when it's opened vs closed.

          • MirandaU

            True, it surely isn't a terrible new navigation pattern, I don't think that's what Phineas was saying. It's just, a heads up would've been nice. I've spent weeks on the design of my current work-in-progress app, following the most recent design guidelines, trying to get the perfect navigation drawer to match Google's apps and tried and stayed away from having to use an actionbar overflow, now they come around and without an official word of warning change the navigation patterns and overall designs again and no sign of new design guidelines.
            You see, before iOS 7 with all its new designs was released for the public, there were betas and guidelines for developers, to be ready with new redesigned apps, as soon as the users got the OS update, Google doesn't do that, so most apps will take weeks or months to catch up, after this update or I/O, whenever they see fit to release SDK updates and design guidelines and code snippets and tutorials on how to implement this.

          • Crispin Swickard

            They will probably do so at I/O, and then continue to ignore their own guidelines, and be inconsistent from Google app to Google app. I am not a dev myself, but I do appreciate design quite a bit. It is still frustrating from a user perspective to have inconstancy within an ecosystem.

            Google has improved as far as publishing better/more detailed guidelines, than they had pre 4.0 days, but they have a long way to go. I know they don't have an approval process for apps like Apple does to insure things appear consistent, but they could improve things greatly fro user, and dvs to keep the guidelines up to date with the design language they are trying to push, and maybe police things a bit so we don't have things like this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=masterofmuppets.tipcalc&hl=en (Last updated around a year ago, but anyone in this discussion knows the Holo Light shit started before that even)

      • Laurențiu Selei

        who in that team said: "hey let's increase the height of the actionbar"?

    • Zak Taccardi

      just in time for Facebook to make use of the bottom bar! (although their implementation is slightly more attractive)

      • Imparus

        To bad the way they have implemented tabs are quite bad, and it gets even worse when they in a tab have made it so it look like you have to slide only to end over in a new tab, since you were actually suppose to click :-/

        • Zak Taccardi

          What are you talking about?

          • Imparus

            Each tab is running like a separate window where the newsfeed icon should mean that if you click on it you should go to your newsfeed, but lets say you clicked on an event in your newsfeed then if you move to another tab and back again it will still be a the newsfeed icon in the bar but it is event. Now this isn't so bad until you include the fact that you can open an event also in the "menu icon" tab, so not only can't you use the icon to tell you where you are going but you can have multiple "windows" of the exact same thing in different tabs.
            It gets even more complicated when you remember that you can slide to move between those tabs, so the facebook app is telling you to slide when it shows tabs. The problem comes as an example if you decide to look at who is going to this event. Here facebook will show you two tabs "friends" and "other", so it would be logical to assume that the interaction haven't suddenly change, so you swipe to go to "other", but you get thrown over in friend request. That is the problem I'm talking about, and the app have a lot of those illogical things in it.

            The whole UI paradigm is quite poor, where they set "friend request", "chat" that is getting pretty pointless since you are forced to use the messenger facebook app, as more important than event and groups, which gets hidden away in the "menu" tab. They really shouldn't use a tabbed interface, when the balance get so screwed.

            Sry for my rant, the app is just really poorly designed for interaction.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            I can't even figure out how to change Top Stories to Most Recent in the new Facebook design. I've been in settings, long pressing on the news feed icon, looking in various sidebars. Nothing - I just can't find the option :(

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            Menu under feeds "Most Recent"

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            Thank you! Now that I see they have moved it to almost the bottom of the page - it might be time to ditch them, it was bad enough before when you could at least choose Most Recent as default - but it kept reverting to Top Stories, but now - this is clearly a big F You to anyone who dares to want to read their news feed in a logical way, instead of what they think I want to read.

    • José Leonardo

      I thought I was the only one who dislike the bottom bar stuff, I am glad to know I am not alone.

    • joser116

      App size has also been greatly reduced.

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

        Not really. 38MB 4.4 vs 34MB 4.3.

        • joser116

          You may be right. Since I didn't find the version file size history in this article, I instead looked at the app size for Google+ Android App Info page. I am guessing that number includes other data besides the APK, so it made it seem like if the new APK was a lot leaner.

  • Aaron Jaeger

    The new Android stylings are beginning to show up in these app updates. I/O is getting closer :)

    • Michał Ostrowski

      Yep, the welcome screen in Google Play Music shows the new dropshadowed icons for example.

    • vyktorsouza

      indeed, and that's exciting

    • Christopher Bement

      *fapping intensifies*

  • Bence Zagyi

    Not compatible in android 4.2.2 why ????

    • Mskina

      4.1.2 too :'(

      • Jess L

        Won't install on my 4.3

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

          Revisit the post in a bit.

          • Jess L

            The 3.0+ apk posted installs but crashes when trying to open it

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

        Check back in a bit in case we find an APK for 4.1+.

    • Urko

      API error like in Google Maps I supouse, wait for other versions

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

      The APK posted so far is 4.4+.

      • Leonard Krum

        Installed on Asus Padfone 4.1.2 ... no problems.

    • siddude11

      The APK is not. Wait for the Play Store one.

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

      APK up for Android 3.0+ now.

  • unashamedgeek

    Warning, at least the ZippyShare mirror attempts the old your adobe product is out of date trick and downloads an exe file telling you to install it.

  • Taco Monster

    The loss of the navigation drawer makes it quite a bit more tedious to find your way around. Does Google really want users to relearn UI paradigms on an annual basis?

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Navigation drawer FTW! This one is uncomfortable.

    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      If there's no navigation drawer, did they move a bunch of stuff back into the overflow menu? How do you get to your profile / circles / settings, etc.?

      • Matthew Merrick

        there's a collapsible bar near the top its all stored in. blech.

        • Kieron Quinn

          That's not actually new then, that's old. It used to do that when there wasn't enough room for tabs

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      THIS. We can't trust Google anymore.

    • duse

      Agreed. It's terrible. This app now looks completely different from Photos, Gmail, etc. People don't care to learn this shit.

    • senor_heisenberg

      Yeah it's weird. The leak from last month had the new UI with the navigation drawer still there. Hell, looking at the amount of space to the left of the profile picture, it seems like the hamburger should still be there. Maybe this was a last minute removal.

  • Jess L

    Problem parsing package error. Great, probably means not gonna work on my Note 3 running 4.3.

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

      The APK posted so far is 4.4+. We still need an APK compatible with < Android 4.4.

    • Yury Andratsion

      4.2.2 too

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

      Working APK now up.

      • Jess L

        Got it. But seems buggy for me. Kept crashing and then stories aren't working right.

  • myculito

    Any way to get this outside of those two download sites? always seem to fail for me on public wifi...

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

      Four mirrors up now. Also try to download first, then install from the file manager.

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

    Google+: Here's an ugly black bar at the bottom with a post icon
    Facebook: Here's an ugly bar at the bottom with a post icon

    ---Few months later---

    Google+: Just kiddin'. Here's the beautiful post icon
    Facebook: -_-

    • siddude11

      AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO LAUGHED?

      • SSDROiD

        No, but you're the only one screaming about it.

      • supremekizzle

        You...

  • skitchbeatz

    Navigation around the UI seems a little tougher since there's no sidebar anymore.

    • thas ★

      I thought so too at first. My only real issue was that I thought I had to touch my name at the top left to get to my profile, but it works perfectly fine by touching the centre of the action bar. It's surprisingly easy to use.

      • jm9843

        New design > Old design

        People just enjoy being reactionary. And they like to cry.

    • joser116

      I hated that sidebar, especially since it was hard to reach all the way to the top left and sometimes did not come out when sliding from the left edge. I also felt that when Google started putting sidebars everywhere like if they were just being lazy.

  • Blane Stroud

    Look at that file size, geeze.

    • Prahlis

      The current one is 50+ MB so it's actually a pretty big improvement.

  • Nasko Hristov

    WELCOME HERA, MY BODY IS READY! Also does this updates means, that Google+ is not dying?

    • SSDROiD

      Google+ is not dying, absolutely not. It was a click-bait article written by TechCrunch with no basis in reality. I'm not sure if your post was intended as sarcasm or not, so I chose to give you a legit answer :)

  • Deeco

    Long overdue, these changes make a world of difference, brings the "lifeness" back.
    The only thing I don't get is the consistency, where the navigation bar gone?

  • Allen Dewberry, Jr.

    Really loving that Story mode narrative. That's most definitely a damn good use for the photo library and events of a given day. +1000

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    And it's not even app update Wednesday yet!

    • Sam Del Valle

      Plot Twist: App Update Wednesday will be Android 4.4.3 Update Wednesday this week

  • Matthew Merrick

    holo is dead *sob*

  • Daniel Smith

    The old leaked screenshots still had the sidebar, this version does not.

    Does that mean Google is moving away from them?

  • yodatom10

    Can we please stop calling G+ Dead then.... Its clear Google has no plans of slowing down

    • SSDROiD

      That rumor isn't dying down anytime soon. All haters love to spread that, but the TechCrunch article was a major confirmation for some. In a few months time, when the G+ app has been updated several times, the YouTube integration hasn't changed and Google+ reaches more milestones, that's when people will start to realize it was never dying. Until then, you can expect to hear ignorant people who believe anything they read on the Internet to still walk around asking "Isn't Google+ dying?" on the street. Quite sad.

  • Labrat

    Why is navigation bar not transparent? It would be very pretty, especially when on your profile where bar is transparent and gradually goes to red.

    • joser116

      They should make the Navigation bar and Status bar transparent. If other apps can do that, so can Google. Apps with those features look beautiful. I hope Google implements those features as default in Android.

  • Julian

    The offical navigation drawer pattern was dropped completly from the app! This is a big move, as Google's own apps are leading the way in terms of navigation / design speech.

  • TheSparks

    It'll be interesting to see what Google has left for I/O!

    • Imparus

      They probably have so much that they have to start showing something of it now :D

  • Matt McNair

    The stories thing is actually really awesome. It did some pretty cool things with some of my trips and my wedding.

    • João Deiró

      Where can you find the stories? On the auto awesome options?

      • Matt McNair

        I just clicked at the top where it says "Everything" and then selected Photos at the bottom. It gave me a pop up showing the new feature and I went in from there.

        • João Deiró

          I think it was still rolling out. Now it appears.

    • Jess L

      Ugh. I hope someone finds a compatible 4.3 version. Really wanna try the stories feature.

      • Kevin

        It's on the website as well, under Photos. It may not have rolled out to everyone yet, though.

        • Jess L

          I got it running on my phone but it only plays the first 2 images in a story and then repeats it.

  • Rovex

    Yet another UX change from Google. Really Google, let people get used to the old one first (and let your OWN apps catch up first to). Change is good, but every 6 months isnt doing Android any favours.

    • duse

      Exactly. Normal users will have no idea what to do with this and will just ignore it. People CANNOT learn a new UI every few months! New app doesn't even have a nav drawer, if it's not necessary, that's fine, but it's become a complete staple of EVERY Google app recently. They need to pick a plan and stick to it.

      • Chemiclus

        I think they've been trying to find a good fit and hopefully this is it.. Now they can slow down and build upon it.
        Sort of like when they kept jumping around until ICS and Jelly Bean, and have now found a bit of a "Google feel" for Android.
        I dunno though

        • duse

          The problem with that is, like you said, ICS and JB were already supposed to be their "good fit"/"slow down and build" releases. I thought 4.0 was Android "finding its design language," and that design got really well polished in KitKat. Now we see that instead of leaving a good design alone, they're actually still not settled and will continue radically changing it. We all gave them a pass with pre-4.0 and knew that Android had some growing up to do. Can't keep giving them that same pass over and over.

          • Chemiclus

            Good point

  • dariusmoss

    i personally liked the black bar at the bottom. i just wish google would implement immersive mode into its apps. but i guess this new ui isn't bad. as long as i don't have to go stretching my fingers to the top of the screen to access the primary functions, i'm cool.

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

      Looking at the two UIs side-by-side, the black bar looks incredibly dated to me. Doesn't it?

      • dariusmoss

        eh.. i think some tweaks could have been made to it. the biggest issue i had was that when the "black bar" and the nav bar were present at the same time. almost a quarter of my screen had all this black space. that was ugly. honestly i think i welcomed the black bar because it brought post functions to the bottom where they are easier to access. this new way keeps them at the bottom; so i'm cool with that too. however, i still think they should implement immersive mode.

        • duse

          They had a solution before for accessing things at the bottom of the screen...it was called the split action bar. For some reason they abandoned it, no idea why. Now we get a weird, single action floating circle instead.

      • fallenyogi

        The black bar looked super dated, heralding back to the 1.0 version of the app with cartoonish icons on the splash page. Huddle, anyone?

  • Pedro

    did they just remove the left panel navigation menu? that was probably the best navigation system they came up to, and now that almost all apps were using it they get rid of it, really?

    • Philip Kahn

      Send feedback from the overflow menu! Let's flood Google with this to bring it back :-D

  • pleasespareit

    I'm getting tired of Google's constant UI changes... What was wrong with the sliding sidebar?

  • yodatom10

    fyi the zippyshare apk appears to be broke.... Android File host worked fine though

    • Kieron Quinn

      Worked fine for me

      • yodatom10

        Hmm must have been a bad DL on my end

  • Matt McNair

    Another neat feature. When you hit the new post button, a preview of photos comes up at the bottom and the camera activates in a live view tile. Pretty snazzy.

  • Nathan Walters

    Google is now ignoring their own UI paradigms of the navigation drawer and the official Action Bar. Can't they just pick a pattern and stick with it?

    • Tom

      Or you know, they're changing their own UI paradigms... This coming I/O is all about new design and this G+ update and all the leaks we've seen are just a taste of what's to come.

    • Frettfreak

      agreed. I really liked the navigation drawer. I thought that was the "new" thing?? WTF!!!

  • DeadSOL

    I see a little hate but, for me, it looks absolutely stunning! Quite a lot of effort has gone into attention to detail!

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    The blue check mark icon reminds me of the ugly leaked screenshots of the redesigned Gmail from the HTC One.. OMG

  • Daveon Jackson

    Can you guys post a status, it locks up when I go to the compose screen.
    Stock Nexus 4

    • Kieron Quinn

      Fine here, Nexus 5

      • DeadSOL

        Works perfectly for the Nexus 5.

    • http://www.ggphotographe.net/ Guillaum Gibault

      Everything is fine on my Stock N4

      • Daveon Jackson

        Guess it's time for a factory reset,

        • ainen

          Try clearing app data before you do a factory reset

          • Daveon Jackson

            It was the new adreno drivers I was using. I think any who a restoring using a factory image fixed it.

  • http://www.gplus.to/JanPolasek Jan Polášek

    Why, Google, why? Why do you have to f**k up everything? Why are you ignoring all of the guidelines you were improving since ICS?

  • xmattjus

    Yay!! I just received this Google+ update (but I don't use the app) and I'm still waiting for the (far more important) Play Services and Play Store updates! xD

    • SSDROiD

      How do you know if you've received an update to Google Play Services? It's not my app list in the Play Store, so how would anybody know?

      • Kieron Quinn

        It just does it. App info will give you the version, in the settings

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    This redesign alone makes the leaked screenshots of the new Gmail web & app redesign more legit.

  • XellossMetallium

    May it be that the update on the photo side is done server side? Here I have old interface, no stories, no auto awesome movie.

  • Williams Aguilar

    I can't install this app :( Some stupid error saying "There is a problem parsing the package". Checked the MD5 and everything is ok. I'm rocking a Galaxy s2 international.

    Edit: Just say you need 4.4+ :(

    • SSDROiD

      If you're using Samsung Galaxy S2, I suspect you don't have Android 4.4 KitKat?

  • Tom

    Everyone here freaking about the left navigation slider missing can't seem to comprehend that Google/Android can change it's design whenever it wants to. Nobody said holo was going to be used for 10 years.

    • Taylor00

      I was totally freaking out about that, and you aren't helping sir.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      An great system on getting users hooked on your product is by giving unity and consistency.

      Having used Android for the past two years I saw Android go through a crapload of design changes, an absolute crapload. They revamp the who damn thing like every half year or so.

      This is by far the most annoying thing of Android, and Google in general. The complete lack of consistency of their product(s) and the lack of unity, even between Google apps themselves.

      • Tom

        You can have apps being consistent without them being identical.

        • Dennis Ulijn

          How can you possibly expect developers to adhere to a consistent app design language when Google can't even keep up with its changes? This is the reason why Apple is being touted as being much more user friendly. Users know, almost instinctively, what functions should be available and where they can be found.

        • Wesley Modderkolk

          Indeed you can, and Google isn't doing a very good job with that. Style tends to differ between apps and even something as simple as a background color isn't uniform across Google's apps.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    One little annoyance for me is that Google themselves is still not making use of kitkat's features such as translucent status and navigation bars...

    • duse

      Not translucent, but immersive. The bars should be hidden entirely. Old Gallery did this for years, long before immersive mode was even a thing.

      • Dominic Powell

        It shouldn't be immersive when its not purely pictures/ videos / gaming, you need to be able to use those three buttons at the bottom, translucent Nav bar IMO

        • duse

          Sorry, I meant in the Photos part. When you're viewing photos it should be immersive, even Gallery does this, but instead it shows the full status bar, not even transparent, just dimmed. Forces the picture to be smaller in landscape.

    • Kévin Cocchi

      For me, they shouldn't make the status bar translucent, but at least the nav bar, which shouldn't hide content ...

    • wootness

      Because.... it wouldn't work here? They are professional UI designers and understand that immersive mode doesn't work everywhere....

    • Victor Stuber

      Those are supposed to be reserved for full screen type apps. Not an app like g+

  • duse

    The G+ Photos app STILL doesn't hide the status bar when viewing photos! Doesn't even make it transparent! What makes them think I want anything other than a full screen experience when viewing photos. The original Gallery had this figured out back in Froyo. Glad they had time to make to shuffle around other things needlessly though. They can't design their way out of a paper bag.

  • Pascal Welsch

    Btw: The ActionBar is larger!

  • DannyDPX

    So long, hamburger. You were taken from us far too soon...

  • Saurabh Shrivastava

    Error parsing the package. Is 4.1.1 not supported? :(

    • Daveon Jackson

      Current apk is 4.4 only wait till the 4.1 one is made available.

    • Saurabh

      My bad..sorry..

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

      Try now.

  • TheSparks

    Hey Google, give us the navigation drawer back!

    • Philip Kahn

      Send feedback from the overflow menu! How else will Google know that's what we really want?

  • Wesley Modderkolk
  • Guest

    I don't know if this was mentioned, but swiping from the left of screen brings up the alerts menu

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

      That's always been the case.

  • Fiorta

    Auto Awesome Movies is new? I've been getting these for a long time...

    • Gregor Smith

      Not all devices had it, only Nexus & GPE I believe

      • Aaron Berlin

        No, any Android device (not sure about versions), but you couldn't get them on the web or iOS. I think that's what's changing.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    This would look so much better with translucent notification bar and navigation buttons, at least on HTC Sense 6.

  • Gareth

    I don't know if this was mentioned, but swiping from the left of screen brings up the alerts menu. Can't remember if it did this before....

    • SSDROiD

      Nope, that's been there for a while. :)

  • Max

    Perfect time for transparency in the top bar... I love the update, but come on Google. Just let one of your apps pretty pretty please have transparency.

  • Guest

    DAMN THAT UI!

  • siddude11

    Damn that's stunning... i.. cant.. control...

  • YETI

    I quite like the new design but I think the slide-out navigation menu was better than the new one

  • Mark Bailey

    Where's locations gone? O.o

  • Sgrattia

    Wow, right now google+ photo takes almost three seconds to open on my Nexus 5. Thanks a lot.

  • Gregor Smith

    Stories is RIDICULOUSLY GOOD, like next level auto awesome

    • XDAMM

      It does actually looked awesome, I have around 10 auto generated stories already. The only issue I found is the framerate is very choppy on my S3, but only when opening the story (when the animation fades in).

  • Kevin

    I really like the new stories feature, but it seems weirdly resistant to let me set the location. I was at Union Square, not the nearby YMCA!

    • http://www.armandsalmon.com/ Armand Salmon

      This is one of my gripes with Google+ mobile app. For an app that comes from a company that pretty much dominates the mapping arena, it offers a very constricted set of locations to choose from. Additionally, it will only allow you to select locations if you are presently there. For example, if you should have taken a photo at the empire state building in nyc, and later want to share that photo, Google+ will overlook the embedded GPS data of the photo and not present any options to share that location. This is very odd. Facebook, Instagram, and many social services are intelligent enough to interpret the GPS data of a photo and present that as a location for sharing.

  • infogulch

    Very pretty and all, but what happened to the navigation drawer? The Google+ app seemed to exemplify the usage of the nav drawer but now it's gone. I don't really have an opinion either way but it's disappointingly inconsistent.

  • http://www.prosociallab.com Prosociallab.com

    i love this version :-*

  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    This look awsome update.

  • archercc

    So, pictures by date huh? How about sorting albums, say alphabetically?

  • josh

    does it work on jelly bean??

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    You guys should make an app store that worked like an Ubuntu PPA. Instead of selling apps it would just sit there, autodownloading every new app from Google, and then the user would be told to click a notification, allow installation, and that's it =)

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Between GMail yesterday and G+ today Big G is 2 for 2 swank looking updates!

  • csgabor

    The biggest change is that the Photos app is not part of the G+ app.

  • William Bouchardon

    Nice looking, can't wait to see Google releasing android 4.5 & Project Hera

  • iEmaaans

    really google???? Really? Can't you just stick with one UI!!! I want navigation drawer back...please!

  • DWXDX

    This new paradigm wouldn't work on every Google app, I can't imagine gmail without it, YouTube without it, or even photos without it.

  • Nathan

    I really like this UI.

  • TechnoFunky

    I still dont want to use it.

  • Kévin Cocchi

    I hope the 4.1 apk will come soon :'(

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

      It's here now.

  • alessiolarva

    So, on 'stories', photospheres are not displayed as spheres but like crappy puzzles of pictures. Why Google??

  • Guilherme

    So confuse! Wtf!?

  • Jondan Rothfus

    I find it amusing that so many people are complaining about Google changing the UI. Did I like the navigation menu? Yeah, I thought it was really well done. However, while it has had several additions and updates, it's a somewhat older concept Google has been playing around with for a while (even before the "hamburger" stylization). What we're seeing today is not a flippant design change. It is something I'd imagine is already planned, if not already designed and simply awaiting roll-out. We already know Android is going to be having a major makeover coming soon, so why is it surprising that apps will have them, as well as UI guidelines changing upon the implementation of the new UI? It's bound to happen, people.

    • SSDROiD

      "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

    • AbbyZFresh

      the problem is that google changes things too much and too quickly. that's why people perfer Apple. They make things simple and consistent that people know exactly where to click

      • hoosiercub88

        The actual problem is getting developers to actually adhere to the design language, which further perpetuates the myth that iOS has better apps than Android, and the truth is, it's only lazy developers. I figure just let Google do what Google wants to do.

        • Detonation

          But when Google is constantly changing their design, it's a lot more work for the developers to have to keep up with it...

  • Pavan

    I loved it. Looks wonderful on my nexus. :)

  • Jess L

    Finally got it running but having an issue with stories. It only plays the first 2 images and then repeats.

    • Roh_Mish

      It scans your library for stories and autogenerates it. So wait for it to do that.

      • Jess L

        Yeah its already created, I can even go in and add the captions etc. Just when hitting play, it only plays the first two images.

  • Stephanie

    HODOR! I mean HOLO!

  • yihtang

    And someone said Google+ is being ditched by Google...

  • Prashanth Reddy

    When you are going to teardown APK .. ?

  • Kent Andersen

    Ahhh! For the love of all thats good and pure, dismiss those notifications! How can you live with yourself??

  • Felix

    androidpolice needs a redesign (flat!).

  • Bradley Ruiz

    Anyone knows the reason why the option to Auto Backup videos is not available anymore on Photos, its greyed out on my device :S

  • nxtiak

    This update is horrible. WTF happened to the standard slide menu ui that's present in all other Google apps and that Gmail just got updated with.
    Argh f'ing google keeps changing shit so nothing is uniform.

  • quick

    Geez Google, if it takes me 1 min just to find the new "location" view, then you're doing something wrong.

    The slide out menu was fine wtf.... over complicate things much??

    I like UI improvements otherwise...

  • mikewatson021

    Navigation drawer FTW! This one is comfortable
    http://bit.ly/1i0LgHG

  • Jess L

    I am having an issue with my "Stories" on the web and my Note 3. When I try and play a story, it only plays the first two images and then repeats them. Anyone know why? What I can do? Or where I can try and get some help for the issue?

    • Jess L

      Is it not supposed to play ALL the images in the story? But instead its more of a click and go type of thing?

  • Moosa Mahsoom

    I'm just assuming here... But, looks like the biggest Google redesign is just has just gone live.

  • Johnny Chase

    I think the new design is great but it does take a bit to get used to the new navigation, but my problem is after the update the google plus app and photos app crash frequently on my stock nexus 4. Does anybody know how to fix this?

    • Johnny Chase

      I think I finally got the new google plus app working without crashing, I uninstalled the new app update then I cleared all the data and cache, then I installed the new apk, and so far it hasn't crashed since. Just FYI if you had the same issue.

  • kstagg

    My main request was to have it where if someone +1's your post, and you go to view your particular comment, that it directly you to the comment in the thread. I hate having to hunt/search for the one that they liked and having to guess. Ugh!

  • Michael M.

    I don't understand some google design moves actually. Not so far they added left side menu everywhere and put all the functions there. Now they are starting to turn off this menu. And actually that's not so cool to use touch-activated menu instead of swype-activated.

    PS. I have a question for admins here. Why all my comments were deleted on this site? I did not offend anybody here and did not break any rules.

  • tnt

    Bring back the old keyboard!!! Google keyboard is not even close!

  • Mohammed Saleh

    I know Google has millions of worshipers but they ought to be in for a reality check after this downgrade. What's the point in removing the slide-out menu after so many apps adopted it? now we get a top drop-down menu to navigate the different elements of the app, each one with a different design (Photos still has a slide-out menu!). Can anyone except basketball players reach this top drop down menu when using a 5" phone like Nexus 5 with one hand? The funny part? when you finally get to it, you find 3 BOTTOM tabs for Photos, Locations and Events like the good old and ugly Android 2.3. I'm now using this app as an exhibit of messy UX design.