Google+ Update for Android Mirrors iOS with New Features
Google today provided an update to the Android version of its Google+ application. The new version adds a handful of features, including a better search tool, the ability to +1 photos and +1 comments, support for high-resolution photo uploads, better presence in the messenger function, and support for instant uploads of videos. The new version also opens web links within the application itself, and provides a number of bug fixes. Google+ is a free download and requires Android version 2.1 and up.
Latest Google Photos App Improves Search
Google is rolling out an update to its Google Photos app for Android with a new search bar. The app places the search bar at the top, replacing the floating action button that previously adorned the lower corner of the app.
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.
Facebook Messenger Adds Video Clip Feature
Facebook has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for both Android and iOS and added several new features. The most significant new feature is the ability to record and send 15-second video clips to other Facebook users from within the app itself.
Google Photos Adds Archiving Tool to Hide Sensitive Pix
The latest version of Google Photos makes it possible to archive photos for safe, out-of-sight keeping. The tool was added to Google Photos 2.15 for Android devices, though it is not yet available to iOS devices or on the web.