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  • 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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New Google+ PG-13 features allows you to restrict your posts from minors or readers in foreign lands

New Google+ 'PG-13' feature allows you to restrict posts from minors or readers in foreign lands

A new feature has just launched for Google's social networking service Google+ that allows you to restrict your posts based on your audience's age or location. This way, you can set filters for the content you create to make sure it's not viewable by children, or that you can share your Google+...
Don't want to create a Google+ profile for your new Gmail account? Now you don't have to

Don't want to create a Google+ profile for your new Gmail account? Now you don't have to

After introducing mandatory signups for Google+ with every new Gmail account back in 2012, Google has eased its stance, and will now let users choose whether they want to create a Google+ profile when they sign up for a new email address. The change, which went live early this month, gives users...
Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

You absolutely still have control over your own stuff, but now's a good time to check what you've been sharing Google recently started making some photos that you've posted publicly to Google+ visible in Google Maps as well, as evidenced by the notification we all got in Google+. That's not in...
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...

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New Google+ PG-13 features allows you to restrict your posts from minors or readers in foreign lands

New Google+ 'PG-13' feature allows you to restrict posts from minors or readers in foreign lands

A new feature has just launched for Google's social networking service Google+ that allows you to restrict your posts based on your audience's age or location. This way, you can set filters for the content you create to make sure it's not viewable by children, or that you can share your Google+...
Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

You absolutely still have control over your own stuff, but now's a good time to check what you've been sharing Google recently started making some photos that you've posted publicly to Google+ visible in Google Maps as well, as evidenced by the notification we all got in Google+. That's not in...
Don't want to create a Google+ profile for your new Gmail account? Now you don't have to

Don't want to create a Google+ profile for your new Gmail account? Now you don't have to

After introducing mandatory signups for Google+ with every new Gmail account back in 2012, Google has eased its stance, and will now let users choose whether they want to create a Google+ profile when they sign up for a new email address. The change, which went live early this month, gives users...
Some accounts need to be here, and some do not. This one does.

Google+: How to log out of a secondary account

Part of the "One account, all of Google" thing we wrote about recently is that it brings all of your services and data together on your android device once you log in. But sometimes, you don't need all of your accounts on all of your apps. Such as Google+. I have a professional account (well,...
Silence is golden, duct tape is... orange, apparently, and the mute button is white.

Google+ and the mute button — meet your new best friend

Enough is enough sometimes — here's how to mute threads on Google+ Google+ is a wonderful place of conversations. But unlike real conversations, when you get bored, you can't just walk away. That's what the mute button is there is for. It lets you get out of a conversation and the flood of...
Mr. Jingles is a friend you should see often, but not all the time...

Google+ Notifications: How and why to use them

Too many notifications can quickly overwhelm your brain We've been over why you should use Google+, and now that we've covered Circles and Communities, it's time to go over something that's almost more important than either of them: Notifications. Yes, notifications in Google+ are important...
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...

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