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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.

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Google Plus adds new options for gender identity

Google Plus adds new options for gender identity

Google is making it easier for those who don't identify themselves within the bounds of "male" or "female" on Google Plus. Rachael Bennet, a Google software engineer, announced via the social network that there are now more options for listing one's gender on their profile. In addition to...
Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as...
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Google+ is dying, says no-one who actually uses it

Google+ is back in the discussion in some circles and all for the wrong reasons again. It's dying. It's dead. This is how Google can stop it from dying. Respected members of the tech press are once again starting to voice their opinions. As a frequent visitor to Google+, I can't help but think...
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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Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as...
Google Plus adds new options for gender identity

Google Plus adds new options for gender identity

Google is making it easier for those who don't identify themselves within the bounds of "male" or "female" on Google Plus. Rachael Bennet, a Google software engineer, announced via the social network that there are now more options for listing one's gender on their profile. In addition to...
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You can now highlight posts on your Google+ profile page by pinning them

Google has released a new feature for its social network, the ability to pin posts on profile pages. If you have ever found yourself in the position of wanting to keep a specific piece of content at the top of your Google+ profile page, then this new functionality is for you. It's a small change...
Auto Awesomes are like candy - you always want more!

How to manually make an Auto Awesome in Google+

Auto Awesome photos and videos are somewhat enigmatic to many, due in large part to the usually random way that they're picked and gussied up by Google. There's animated (Motion) Auto Awesomes, there's collage (Mix) Auto Awesomes, and then there are Movie Auto Awesomes. And while they'll show up...
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It's not you, Google+ and Hangouts are down for everyone [Update: back online]

Update: And the services are working again. Now you can get back to looking at cat gifs. Looks like Google+ is suffering from an outage that is affecting users from all over the world. There's no official word from Google, but we'll let you know when the services resume. For now, we're looking...
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Google+ is dying, says no-one who actually uses it

Google+ is back in the discussion in some circles and all for the wrong reasons again. It's dying. It's dead. This is how Google can stop it from dying. Respected members of the tech press are once again starting to voice their opinions. As a frequent visitor to Google+, I can't help but think...
Poll your friends with the latest feature in Google+

Get your friends to answer your burning questions with Google+ polls

Google is rolling out a new polling feature on Google+, letting users create their own polls. Polls let you see what your friends are thinking about various topics, like sports, movies, and more. To create a poll, you can just select the new poll icon that will appear as the feature rolls out...
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Google+ app update tweaks the Material Design a bit

Google's pushing out a new update to the official Google+ app. The red's a little redder, the floating action button's gone red with a redesigned white pencil, instead of white with a red pencil, and the shadow gone. Update: Ah, and the Photos end of things has gotten a pretty good redesign. So...
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...

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