Google+ Gets Communities on Mobile, New Photo Event Features and More


Today the Google+ team announced a pretty big update to the Google+ app. And of course they announced it on Google+, what other way would they do it? There's about 18 new features and enhancements coming in this update will bump the app up to version 3.3 and it'll be available on the Play Store later today. Probably within the next few hours. It includes a ton of features we've been asking for lately including new photo features, better Photo Sphere support, along with Google+ communities. But wait there's more!

The Google+ outlined some more of the major parts of this update:

  • New photo stuff — Instant upload now offers up to 5GB of  full-sized photo backups. Photo Sphere panoramas recorded on Android 4.2 can be viewed on devices running Android 2.2 or higher.
  • Events and communities — Communities support for the mobile app. And it's now possible to send messages to individual event guests and see who's opened invitations.
  • Hangouts — Now only 150kb of bandwidth is required to participate in a hangout.
  • General improvements — The ability to edit your profile on-the-go, new "subtle" notices when new posts arrive, and improvements to the posting menu.
  • Google Now integration — Birthday notifications through cards on Google Now, including G+ links to wish the person a happy birthday.
  • Other goodies — Animated GIF support and a lock screen widget for Android 4.2. Also, new "mood" posts based around a gallery of emoticons.

Of course Google didn't stop with just the app. They also made some updates to the web version of Google+ which are expected to roll out later today. This includes updates to Hangouts on Air, creating duplicate events, and easier RSVPing. You can check out the source below for more details on the update.

All of us here at Android Headlines are pretty big fans of Google+ and you can usually find myself and the rest of the team over there. So we can't wait for this update to roll out. I'll be continuing to check the Play Store for this update, as I can't wait to get communities onto my phone and tablet.

What feature are you most excited for in this new version of Google+? Let us know in the comments below.