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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 why should I use it?

What is Google+ and why should I use it?

Part social network, part beta system Google+ is something of a black sheep in the world of social media. Even as a young network of three years that has grown faster than many of the current leaders, Google+ has been disparaged and shunned by much of the public for the moves Google has made...
Google Photos' rumored divorce from Google+ could help increase photo sharing

Google Photos' rumored divorce from Google+ could help increase photo sharing

Google is rumored to reorganize its Google+ social networking service, which could potentially result in Google separating the photos feature of Google+ into its own standalone service. The move may help Google increase photo sharing and uploading and compete with services like Facebook,...
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Did Google+ do the right thing by changing its 'real names' policy?

Google+ recently announced that it no longer will require its users to use "real" names. Not that everyone did, in fact, use their real names (thanks for the circle, Edgar Allen Poe!), but you get the point. "El1teHax0r" isn't what Google+ was looking for when it rolled out a few years ago. And...
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Google+ now lets you use any name you want

A big, welcome, long-awaited, about-time change for Google+. You can now use whatever name you want. We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For...

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Google+ on Chromecast

Google+ now lets you display your stream on the TV via Chromecast

The latest update to Google+ caught a few people by surprise today when it enabled a small Chromecast button in the interface, letting you toss your Google+ stream up to your TV. Though the Google Play changelog doesn't indicate the change, we're seeing a Chromecast button on our own devices and...
Communities exist for devices big and small, and gather together fandoms all

Google+: All about Communities

It's always nice to belong When you're joining Google+, chances are there aren't a whole lot of people you already know on here. Certainly not enough to fill your Google+ home page at any decent pace. That's perfectly okay. We have communities to both help you make some new friends on your new...
Google+: All about circles

Google+: All about circles

'Round and 'round we go — Circles are the key to it all We've already covered covered what Google+ is, but once you decide to take the plunge, sorting out your connections on the site can seem a bit daunting with the number of choices you have. It's not a one-and-done process like it is with...
What is Google+ and why should I use it?

What is Google+ and why should I use it?

Part social network, part beta system Google+ is something of a black sheep in the world of social media. Even as a young network of three years that has grown faster than many of the current leaders, Google+ has been disparaged and shunned by much of the public for the moves Google has made...
Google Photos' rumored divorce from Google+ could help increase photo sharing

Google Photos' rumored divorce from Google+ could help increase photo sharing

Google is rumored to reorganize its Google+ social networking service, which could potentially result in Google separating the photos feature of Google+ into its own standalone service. The move may help Google increase photo sharing and uploading and compete with services like Facebook,...
Google+

Did Google+ do the right thing by changing its 'real names' policy?

Google+ recently announced that it no longer will require its users to use "real" names. Not that everyone did, in fact, use their real names (thanks for the circle, Edgar Allen Poe!), but you get the point. "El1teHax0r" isn't what Google+ was looking for when it rolled out a few years ago. And...
Google+

Google+ now lets you use any name you want

A big, welcome, long-awaited, about-time change for Google+. You can now use whatever name you want. We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For...
Google shutting down Orkut in September, focusing on Google+, YouTube, and Blogger

Google shutting down Orkut in September, focusing on Google+, YouTube, and Blogger

Google is shutting down Orkut, its original social network. Google says that this is due to to the fact that Orkuthas been greatly outpaced by YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ across the world, where Orkut only ever caught on in a few countries. Orkut will remain operational in its current form...
WatchESPN, MLS Live, and Google+ photos come to Chromecast

WatchESPN, MLS Live, and Google+ photos come to Chromecast

Another batch of excellent Android apps are now supporting Chromecast, allowing you to beam all sorts of sports coverage to the big screen. The WatchESPN app and Major League Soccer are the biggest names to join the ever-growing ranks of Chromecast-supporting apps. As you might expect, access to...
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The latest Google+ update is telling a different kind of story

A fresh interface and yet another great Auto Awesome feature have us loving the latest version It wouldn't be a step too far to call this week's Google+ app update one of the biggest redesigns since the app first arrived on the Android Market (yes, that long ago) back in 2011. The update changed...

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