If you didn’t think that Google was trying hard enough to make Google+ a part of Android users’ lives, then this little bit of news will certainly turn you around. Many of you will have noticed that for a long time now, when logging in to a new Android phone (or flashing that 3,567,867th ROM) you’re asked to join Google+ if you haven’t already done. This is just one of the many steps Google has been taking to get people to become part of Google+, including making Google+ a great place for photographers with Auto Awesome. However, now your Google+ profile image might soon become the way your friends see you when receiving a call from you.
The new phone app in Android 4.4 offers caller ID using the web and makes searching for people and places a lot easier. Coming in 2014, Google+ profile images will be tied to your phone number, essentially letting you control which photo your friends – on Android and Google+ of course – see when you call them. From the Android Google+ page, we got this little tidbit of news:
Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google: http://goo.gl/g9P3Bp
As with everything, you can change your settings for your phone number but overall, this seems like a good idea. Especially if you and your group of friends have recently discovered Google+. Instead of that old photo from college, you’ll get an up-to-date, high-resolution image of your friends when they call and vice-versa. At first it might sound a little creepy but, this is the sort of thing that might get users to take Google+ a little more seriously. No matter what though, you had better make sure your Google+ profile image is a good one. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a profile image to change…