An update for Google+ for Android is bringing several updated features, most notably a new Google+ Stories feature. Additionally, the app is seeing several user interface improvements, and handy features like being able to create animated GIF images on demand and browsing big photo libraries. The Google+ app for Android has always been a worthy offering, and the latest updates make it even more so.
Here are some highlights from the change log provided by Dave Besbris, Vice President of Engineering for Google+.
- Auto Awesome Stories now combine your photos, videos and the places you visit into beautiful travelogues called Google+ Stories. You can check out a sample of the automatically generated Google+ Story here — they look really impressive (though it'll look best if you take good photos and videos).
- Auto Awesome Movies are now available on iOS and the web, so lots more people will receive highlight reels of their photos and videos. Here's one example.
- You can now create animated GIFs and photobooth-style images on demand. Just tap the new plus button in Photos, and select either Motion or Mix.
- Really big photo libraries are now supported on Android, so you can access your many thousands of photos quickly and easily.
- You can now browse your entire photo library, as well as your highlights, by date. Just drag the new scroll bar to move forwards or backwards in time.
A handful of other improvements have also been included in this upcoming release, including a new navigational menu making it easier to switch between favorite circles and communities. It's also easier to share content from a phone or tablet, simply hit the new pencil icon at the bottom of the stream. Google has made some changes to profiles, which now display total content views on both Android and the web. Then you have the full screen experience.
It's good to see tech giant updating its Google+ app and we're sure many of you will enjoy the new features. Be on the lookout for when the app update goes live (here is the Google Play link), which shouldn't be too long now.