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 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.
Update to Google Photos Adds Album Editing Features
Google today pushed out a modest update to the Google Photos app for Android devices and it brings with it several new functions. To start, Google Photos can now recognize animations created by the Google Camera app (think GIFs).
Google Revamps Gmail, Drive, Hangouts with Businesses in Mind
Google this week made significant change to its core productivity suite, including its email, online storage, and messaging tools. Gmail gains support for add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace, which will let third-party companies create small apps that can hook into an enhance Gmail.