Google+ for Android Gains Drive, Business Apps Support
Google's Virgil Dobjanschi today provided a rundown of new features headed to the Google+ application for Android devices. Google+ 4.1 includes a handful of improvements. The new app makes it easier to switch between Google+ accounts; adds access to photos and videos stored in Google Drive; adds Google Apps support for business users; and adds more controls to location sharing functions. Further, Dobjanschi explained that the Google+ Messenger app will be deactivated in favor of the Google Hangouts messaging application. Users of the Google+ Messenger app will be able to download their conversations via the Google Takeout service beginning later today. Google+ version 4.1 will be made available over the next few days via the Google Play Store.
Google Duplicating Google+ Photos in Google Drive
Google today said it is giving people more options for organizing their photos and videos online. Moving forward, all the photos and videos users have stored in Google+ will be accessible from Google Drive.
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's Hangouts App for Android Given New Features
Google today revealed an update to the Hangouts App for Android devices and added a number of new capabilities to its mobile messaging service. Hangouts now makes it easier for people to discover one another thanks to a number searching function.
Google Drive, Play Music See Updates on Android
Google recently updated its Google Drive and Google Play Music apps for Android devices, giving new features to both apps. Google Drive now allows people to set home screen shortcuts for their favorite or frequently-used files and folders.
Google's Allo Messaging App Finds Its Way to Android Auto
Users of Google's Allo mobile messaging application can now use the service from the comfort of their car. The latest update, available in the Google Play Store, brings support for Android Auto to Allo, which joins several other messaging services that are already accessible when in drive mode.