Google brings big updates to G+ mobile and opens it to everyone

Google brings big updates to G+ mobile and opens it to everyone
The day that people were clamoring for 3 months ago is finally here, and we're not sure many people still care. Google+ has had a lot of updates since it launched 3 months ago, and the big update #100 is to open up the service for anyone who wants to sign up. No more invites, just jump in if you want to. Google is also updating the Android mobile app with our "most-requested features."

There are 4 updates for the mobile app. The first is better SMS functionality for users in the US and India. We're not sure why its limited to those countries, but more countries are on the way. For now, users in the US and India will be able to post to G+, get notifications and respond to group messages all via SMS. The second update is to improve +mentions, and allow users to now add someone to a post or comment using the +tag. Third is the option to finally +1 comments. Google has a;sp decided to change the name of Huddle to Messenger, and Messenger also allows sending photos. Google does like to keep its product names pretty simple and boring, so that makes sense. 

Other big updates include more fine control over notifications, with the ability to choose to whether or not to receive notifications for mentions, comments, and shares. You will also now be able to edit your profile photo, and move the app to SD to save space. Keep in mind though, that if you move the app to SD, the widget will not work. But, probably the biggest update is the addition of Hangouts. You will need an Android 2.3+ device with a front-facing camera, but now you will be able to join in Hangouts on mobile.

Of course, while these are great updates, they aren't all of the "most-requested features". The big update that we want to see is for the mobile app to properly handle links when sharing. Right now, if you share a link through the Android share menu, it posts as a plain link without the parsing you'd get when sharing on the web. Not to mention, there's no "add a link" field on mobile. For a service based around sharing, the mobile sharing is terrible. 

The update is live in the Android Market.


Google brings big updates to G+ mobile and opens it to everyone
Google brings big updates to G+ mobile and opens it to everyone
Google brings big updates to G+ mobile and opens it to everyone

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11 Comments

1. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

bout time....damn....

2. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

It took a while. Interest seemed to have waned somewhat.

3. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

They were working on it. So now it seems its time enough for them.

4. rawmustard

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 16, 2007

I'm still not getting where you get the option to +1 comments. Maybe that hasn't been added just yet, but hopefully it will. But the thing that needs to get in the mobile app is Sparks! It's inconceivable that the news aggregator part of Google+ has been absent from the mobile platform this long.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Update is now live, downloading. Wonder when ios version will be ready

8. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 545; Member since: May 26, 2011

Probably not, as it took Google this long to release the android version. At the rate Google releases new apps, it won't be until sometime first quarter of next year that the iPhone version will be release.

6. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

MOVE TO SD!!! FINALLY!! Please do this with your other apps!!. I BEG OF YOU!!!

7. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 545; Member since: May 26, 2011

It was only a matter of time, I checked it out earlier, but really haven't started playing with it yet.

10. lolz unregistered

Android app lacks invitation option....but G+ is great

11. Clive unregistered

I still can't find the hangout option in it, rest all has been updated. For e.g. Hurdles to messenger

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you cant create one, but rather join one

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