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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Part of your Google account is membership in Google's social networking (and more) site Google+. A lot has been said about Google+, both for and against, but to really get to understand what it is and how it works you need to jump in with both feet and give it a try. The app is already installed on your Android, and if you've already signed into your Android with your Google account for Google Play, you're ready to go and can just open it up and get started.

The social part is pretty much like you would expect. There's a timeline filled with posts from all the people you follow, where they have shared anything and everything. You can give the posts you like a "+1" and you can comment and interact with anyone you like. We've found Google+ to be (mostly) a friendly place and filled with people from all walks of life. And William Shatner's there.

Maybe the best part of Google+ is the built-in image hosting, sharing, and editing. As long as you keep your pictures under 2048MB, you get unlimited uploads each with it's own unique URL. There's also a proper image editor built right in where you can touch things up or get creative, and Google has features they call Auto Awsome that can create an animated .gif from a series of images, or make a highlight video from an event, or even add falling snow if the content calls for it. But don't worry — you can always undo any of this, and nothing is shared with the public until you say it is.

Google may use Google+ as a single tie-in for your Google account, but we think it's a great app and network in its own right.

Be sure to circle Android Central on Google+!

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What is Google+, and who actually uses it?

Google's plans for total web domination have been scaled back to a simple, powerful social network with no shortage of killer features. Social behavior is a strangely integral part of the Internet as we know and use it today, and in many ways it has been from the very beginning. Message...
Social media is a visual medium.

All about photos on Google+

Photos can make or break your experience on social media. While text may be the way we primarily communicate online, when we add visuals to our words, social media becomes a lot more fun, a lot more addictive, and to an extent a lot easier. After all, a picture says a thousand words....
Google+ may be laughed at by mainstream media, but more social media gurus agree it's one of the most valuable platforms.

Getting started with Google+

If you already use Google, making the jump to Google+ is surprisingly easy. In several subtle ways, you probably are using parts of Google+ already. Your Google+ profile goes a lot of places. It ties into the Google Play store, putting a name and face to your +1s, ratings, and reviews. It...
Google+ with YouTube

Google+ and YouTube comments: A match made in HELL

Policing comments in a mostly anonymous system is almost impossible, so Google tried to fix things. YouTube is an amazing platform where anyone with a camera and an internet connection can publish videos for the entire world to see for free. From the absolute novice to the professional...

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Google+ Collections begin rolling out to users

Collections begin arriving on Google+, lets you group your posts by topic

Google+ is getting yet another new feature, Collections, which allows you to group your posts by topic. Collections is the latest feature to be added to Google+, allowing you to group your posts by topic instead of posting at random. Grouping posts by topic is nothing new; Pinterest has been...
Community pages get a face-lift in latest Google Plus for Android update

Community pages get a face-lift in latest Google Plus for Android update

Google has started rolling out an update to Google Plus on Android today that brings a new and refreshed look to community pages. The new look brings Google Plus Communities a bit more in line with the look of profile pages, with a large header image at the top of the page just above the...
Google+ is a vast platform that most don't quite fully understand the value of.

The ultimate guide to Google+

This is everything you need to know about Google+, in one handy guide. Google+ is the social backbone of the Google platform and a pretty decent social network for the millions of users who inhabit it. Thanks to its ties to Hangouts, Google+ can also become your own personal podcast, meeting...
Polls are fun. Polls on Google+ open new worlds of discussion and debate.

How to run a poll on Google+

Polls are a nice, easy ways to gauge opinions. Politicians are always using polls to assess voter — and donor — opinions. Google Opinion Rewards pays us for answering their short polls. Here at Android Central, our weekly polls are one of the many ways we try to see what you, our readers,...
Google+ Account Switch

How to switch accounts on the Google+ app

Things in mobile apps tend to not be in the same places as their desktop browser counterparts.{.intro} Whether you're trapped between Google Apps and regular Google accounts, helping maintain a Google+ Page, or you're running an intricate multi-user text-based RPG through a G+ Community,...
Google+ Auto Backup

How to Auto Backup images and movies to Google+

The memories you capture with your smartphone don't have to disappear when something bad happens. There are many photo backup services available to Android users today. Almost all of these services rely on offering a small amount of storage in a cloud backup somewhere, and when you take a...
Google+ with YouTube

Google+ and YouTube comments: A match made in HELL

Policing comments in a mostly anonymous system is almost impossible, so Google tried to fix things. YouTube is an amazing platform where anyone with a camera and an internet connection can publish videos for the entire world to see for free. From the absolute novice to the professional...
How Google+ affects your Google account

How Google+ affects your Google account

Google has taken your data out of the individual silos you signed up for and created something bigger, but it's up to you to decide if that's good or bad. When the service first launched, Google+ was described by its creators as a social layer for all of Google's products. This meant you...
Getting to know Google+ - Pages, Communities, and What's Hot

Getting to know Google+ - Pages, Communities, and What's Hot

Some areas of Google+ are great for immersing yourself in a topic, but it's easy to get overwhelmed when the signal to noise ratio tips. Once you gotten yourself settled in to Google+, by which I mean your account has been completed and you've either located your current friends or gone out...
Social media is a visual medium.

All about photos on Google+

Photos can make or break your experience on social media. While text may be the way we primarily communicate online, when we add visuals to our words, social media becomes a lot more fun, a lot more addictive, and to an extent a lot easier. After all, a picture says a thousand words....

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