Google+ app

Auto-awesome all the things with the new Google+ application

The new Google+ app is out in the wild (ask a friend with a soon-to-be-released phone for a copy) and along with comes an all new Google Photos app. It's the one we saw earlier in the Google+ mini event, and they new layout is pretty darn slick.

The Google+ part itself seems mostly unchanged, with everything as we're used to from the last version. You can choose the Google account you would like to use and manage a page right from the slide-out menu, check on your communities, perform a search and do everything else you would want to do on Google's social network. There is a new shortcut in the menu to Hangouts, which is handy.

The big news, and the most fun news, is in the new Google Photos app. Hit the break, let's have a look.

Google+ app

Open the new Google Photos app (with a spiffy new icon) and you've got an all new, bright and happy layout. You can see pictures from your phone as well as what you've uploaded to Google+, and everything is nice and functional. The navigation can be set to folder views as well, and it's easy to choose a picture for sharing, editing, or deletion.


The sharing interface has received a big overhaul, with the addition of Android intents to the standard Google+ sharing from the old app. With a photo selected, you can share to your circles, or share to any app that allows you to open a photo. This is a pretty big addition, and makes the Google Photos app a nice stock gallery replacement if you want to roll that way.

The editor itself has changed, with a new UI that allows you to choose a filter-set then apply one of four different variants. There's a button for a quick look at the original for comparison purposes as well. Finally, there are a slew of frames to add to your picture if you want that extra touch. The edited images are saved separately, so you won't overwrite your original.


Of course, we can't forget about the new auto-awesome tools. Unfortunately, With this version we aren't seeing any of the new effects that Gundotra and company talked about earlier today. This could be an Android version thing, or maybe the back-end isn't quite ready. We should know more soon (we hope).

While the auto-awesome tools not working is a bit of a bummer, the update as a whole still seems very nicely done. We'll be playing with this one, and trying to see what other goodies we can come up with. 


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First look: New Google+ update with all new photos app


Wait so now the auto awesome happens right in the gallery on your phone?

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AC never (or hardly ever at least) post a direct link to the apk. I bet if you put your thinking cap on you can figure out where it is though!

Also Phandroid has it, that's usually my go to place. If I see a post like this on AC I usually jump over to Phandroid or Android Police to download the apk.

I can't. If and when I can, I'll link to all the apps I can get from 4.4.

Sorry, but i don't have the phone here. If i did, everyone would have a full dump.

Jerry is that your note 3? how are you like it with google services? thinking nexus 5 or note 3 with google making things so openly available now as an app or api?

Hangouts apk from the magic phone won't parse or install on 4.3. Not gonna get a look at that one I'm afraid. 

Same goes for launcher, keyboard and some other Google apps.

How about a setting for auto upload only when connected to power. That's been needed for a long time and basically why I leave the setting turned off. Has it been added?

That's setting's been in there pretty much forever - I've always had it set that way (auto upload only over wifi, and only when charging).

snip... "The new Google+ app is out in the wild (ask a friend with a soon-to-be-released phone for a copy"

Are you my friend? :-)

FYI — the version that is available on the internet seems to be the same version as this one. That's good news if it's really rolling out and someone else just didn't have a friend yank it off a N5.

Wow does this mean that they actually didn't f up the camera on the Nexus 5?

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