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Google+ is central to Google apps and services, and not just social networking and authoring since many Google features use your Google+ profile as your primary ID. It's one of the largest social networks, but it also links easily to your other social networks, blogs, and webpages. Google+ is standard in many Android installations, but you can download and install the latest version independently, too.
Updated interface: An updated top menu and toolbar clean up Google+'s looks and enable quicker access to Circles and Communities, Explore topics, What's Hot, and Nearby features.
SMS PIN: Keep SMS secure by creating a custom PIN on the Google+ Settings page.
Sharing options: You can enhance your privacy by customizing your Sharing, Location Sharing, Notifications, Contacts, and more from the app's Settings menu.
Too much sharing: By default, Google+ shares SMS posts with your entire circle, and your Google+ profile exposes your interests and activities to other users. Be careful what you share, and take time to configure your sharing and privacy options.
Future uncertain: With hundreds of millions of users and considerable development effort, Google+ isn't going away, but some industry watchers suggest that Google's social media ardor has cooled, which may push Google+ into the background.
Google's social media strategy will undoubtedly continue to evolve, yet Google+ will remain more or less central to the tech giant's Android presence. This most recent update is the best iteration of Google+ yet.
- Enjoy magazine style layout in the new tablet version
- Automatically share photos to an Event with Party Mode
- Video chat with up to 9 friends with mobile Hangouts
- Turn on Instant Upload to sync photos from your phone to a private Google+ album
- Chat with a friend or all your friends at once with Messenger
- Check out the What's Hot stream to see trending topics
- View the Nearby stream to see what people near your location are saying
What's new in this version:
- Turn your photos and videos into custom movies with Auto Awesome Movie (available on certain devices with Android 4.3 and above)
- Enjoy strobe-effect photos and erase moving objects with Auto Awesome Action and Eraser
- Updated design for the notification tray
- Add a widget to view your friends' locations on your homescreen
- Translate posts and comments inline
- Additional bug fixes and performance improvements