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Snapseed photo filters, other editing tools included in the iOS update

Google today announced an update to its Android and iOS Google+ applications, with a number of new features.

First off, you'll notice that your feed looks a bit different. You get more text before you have to tap through -- definitely a good change. And tapping a photo or video or link now takes you straight to the page to watch the video, view the pic in a lightbox, or to the linked site. Google also says that image previews are now shown full frame. Also, the +1 and share buttons have been moved. Comments scroll through the bottom as well. Good changes, all.

Our pals on iOS get an even more important (or annoying, depending on your take) is the inclusion of photo filters from Google's recently acquired Snapseed photo editor. You'll be able to crop and rotate images before posting, as well as apply filters, adjust contrast, saturation and other levels. Again, that's iOS only for now.

(The iOS folks also get a new About tab design, Google tells us.)

Back to the Android side, we've now got more control over what appears in our feeds. You can control how many Community posts show up, as well as invite folks to a Community, or reshare to the Community. And Community moderators get some much-needed mobile controls. 

One last new feature for Android -- you've got greater controls over how you share your location. Instead of a blanket on/off control, you can choose with which circles you want to share your location. That's good stuff, too.

The Google+ update should be available now. Hit the link above to snag it.

 
There are 12 comments

codemonkey85 says:

Actually, the fact that you can share your location (in real time) is a new feature for Google+ to begin with, not the granular control you have over it.

sbalchand says:

hate it how i can't switch off receiving the 'Nearby' feed on my G+. I don't want to read posts by strangers in my neighborhood! don't like how G+ forces 'socializing' through that feature.
hopefully the new updated version will give me block this 'Nearby' option.

cj100570 says:

On the web everything that shows up in your feed can be disabled. While looking at a specific circle there's a slider in the upper right of that feed to change how much you see from it. But that brings me to another issue, there's no "Nearby" feed that I'm seeing. There's a "Local" section however, but it's for businesses around you.

devlogic says:

There's a "Nearby" feed in the G+ app on Android (no iDevice, so I can't check there, but I suspect it's present), down at the very very bottom of your list of circles on the timeline view. But it only seems to load data if you actually select it, so my solution is the oh-so-elegant "don't select Nearby". It's hardly "forcing" people to socialize.

jaypee68 says:

Local is for people in your circles that are close to your location, not businesses. Right now I'm looking at a user in my local circle because he lives down the street from me, not because he is a business.

hippocat says:

How about they fix the terrible widget they implemented some updates ago

PharmNerd says:

From a technical standpoint, Google+ is 1,000,000 times better than Facebook.

But NOBODY USES IT. Nobody. (except tech bloggers)

The app is pretty awesome, but all it really does is waste space and battery on my phone.

I'm not a tech blogger and I use it...

dyinman says:

Nobody uses it like nobody uses Twitter.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414777,00.asp

jaypee68 says:

And to think they are shutting down Google Reader. I use reader more than G+. I use FB for all of my social needs because that is where all of my friends are.

My friends are not going to do a mass exodus to G+, so although G+ has some nifty features, it's useless to me because maybe 2 people I actually know are on it. :-/

tompro53 says:

One thing that they took away is the ability to change your cover photo from within the app.

The new version of the app is basically pretty horrendous!

The 'redesign' now just looks like a cheap FB ripoff, the notification bug that has plagued G+ for months now has actually gotten worse (I've now reported that bug over a dozen times, Mr. Glick of G+ management said on day of release of the new version that they'd never come across that bug!)

The G+ community is actually very active, there are some great discussion, great bits of fun - hangouts are a great idea but they have tinkered too much, the new layout looks bloody awful on any mobile screen less than 4" and there is absolutely no catering for people with visual impairments (my partner for instance) no controls over colours, font sizes etc.

Outside of the desktop environment, Google does nothing for people with smaller screen phones or people who may have eyesight issues and I think that's pretty disgusting personally.

I've had to stop using the mobile version due to posts not appearing for hours (even on 4G connection speeds) and getting the same notifications again and again!

Unless they sort the mobile app, they will lose a lot of users who only access it on the go.