Google+ for Android Gifted With a Significant Update
Google today revealed a new version of Google+ for Android devices as well as for desktop browsers. The new mobile application for Android smartphones adds a number of features, including improved photo quality and more free online photo storage (5GB). All Android devices running Froyo and up will be able to view PhotoSphere images in the mobile Google+ app. The app also adds emoji, support for animated GIFs, a lockscreen widget, mobile profile editing, easier post composition, and birthday reminders in Google Now. The application will be available via the Google Play Store later today. Some of the changes that are specific to the browser version of Google+ include improved event planning, tweaked Hangouts, and the ability to stream Hangouts over lower bandwidth connections.
Google Hits Refresh Button on Hangouts for Android
Google today pushed out a significant update to its Hangouts messaging application for Android devices that puts it inline with the iOS app. Google overhauled Hangouts' visual appearance with material design, and improved how the app feels thanks to more fluid transitions, and better touch response.
Google Messenger Gains Desktop Widget
Google has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for Android devices and in so doing added a few new features. Messenger now has its own desktop widget for viewing conversations from Android home screen panels.
Google Hangouts Improves Contact Design
Google this week updated its Hangouts app for Android devices and made a few performance tweaks along the way. Going forward, Google says it should be easier to find the right contacts quickly thanks to a reshuffled contacts user interface.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
Google updated its Hangouts app for Android devices this week with a handful of new features. First and foremost, the app now allows Android owners to record and share video messages — a feature that's been in the iOS version of Hangouts for two years.