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.
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.
Albums – Left: old, Right: new
Play Store Betas – Left: old, Right: new
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File Name: com.google.android.apps.plus_ 220.127.116.11576161.apk
Version: 4.4 (Android 4.4+)
File Name: com.google.android.apps.plus-18.104.22.168576161_API11.apk
Version: 4.4 (Android 3.0+)