New Google Settings app rolls out to support Google+ Sign-In

New Google Settings app rolls out to support Google+ Sign-In
Yesterday, we told you about the new Google+ Sign-In that Google was launching to take on Facebook Connect. Soon after that announcement, people started noticing a new Google Settings app in their Android app trays. Some people got irrationally worried, but it quickly came out that the new app was rolled out in a background update to help support Google+ Sign-In, and give an easier way to access Google service settings.

Most of the settings that you'll find in the app have been a part of Android for a while, but they just haven't had a centralized location before. You could have gotten to the same settings page via the Google Maps settings, or Google Search settings, but now there's a dedicated icon in your app tray to make it easier to find. The Google Settings app was pushed out (similarly to how the Play Store is updated) in a background update of Google Services 3.0.

In addition to the old options to control your location monitoring, search options, and ad display options, the Google Settings app gives you quick access to Google+ settings and control over apps you've signed into with Google+. It's odd that voice settings and Google Now settings haven't been pulled into the app, but maybe that will come when a higher proportion of Android devices has Google Now. 


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14 Comments

1. Shubham412302

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I was shock to see this new app automatically installed.

2. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

It came from nowhere.

3. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I suddenly appeared yesterday.. I really thought it was a type of Malware !

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

malware doesn't spontaneously appear on devices. you have to install something that's infected. if you haven't been sideloading any apps, you don't have to worry.

10. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Ohh thanks 4 the info. :-)

4. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

lol i didn't even notice it, i really wish people would start using google+ more though. people i know anyway

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Ugliest icon ever. Google has NO concept of how to design an icon. I promptly hid the icon with Nova Settings. :)

7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I saw this today and had no idea where this game from.

8. MartianMe unregistered

I panicked like crazy too....damn you google..ha ha :) ..still love tho.

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Damn you Google!!! I have this unholy OCD towards symmetry and this new icon just buggered my app tray. Now I've got to either delete an app, or download 3 more just to balance everything out again!!! Actually, it works out... there were a few apps i was holding back on just for this exact reason.

11. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

You need help bro.. Lol jk

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Or just go with baldilocks' idea, get Nova Launcher, and hide the app from the tray.

12. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Soo, google can instal apps in my device without me knowing?o.0

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Google can update certain apps on your device in the background. So far, we've only seen it with Google Services and Google Play.

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