Google+ Mobile App Gets 'Low-Bandwidth Hangouts, Full-Size Photo Backups, Better Event' and More

Google+ app for Androidversion 3.3and iOS v4.0, lands with Google s social network a "big" end-of-year update, with 18 new features including photos, mobile, Hangouts and Events, aiming to make sharing and communicating easier.Google added a new batch of Android features, including "on-the-go profile editing, an easier way to author content, and a subtle notice […]

Google+ app for Androidversion 3.3and iOS v4.0, lands with Google s social network a "big" end-of-year update, with 18 new features including photos, mobile, Hangouts and Events, aiming to make sharing and communicating easier.

Google added a new batch of Android features, including "on-the-go profile editing, an easier way to author content, and a subtle notice when there's new stuff to read."

You can also subscribe to mobile notifications from your favorite circles and interact with Google+ Communities on your phone or tablet.

For photos, Google is now offering full-size backups of photos (up to 5GB free), in addition to the standard-size option (unlimited free storage at 2048px). To give it a try, "simply turn on Instant Upload and start taking pictures: photos you shoot will be saved to a private album on Google+," informs Google.

Additionally, Photo spheres is also added to the Android app to create 360-degree panoramas, and can be used on Froyo+ devices.

Also, on Android, Google is now giving "animated GIFs, birthday reminders in Google Now, and a lock screen widget."

The new iOS app now lets you swipe through photo albums inline; you can tap once to view photos in all their glory; and the iPhone app now applies a subtle pan-zoom-scale effect to pictures in the stream.

Additionally, you'll also see new conversation cards that really shine a light on your content--from longer snippets to bigger photos to comments that slide in beneath each post.

Events now let you send messages to specific guests and see who's opened your invitation. "You can invite people through Google+ or by simply copying the URL of your event into an email or IM, and your guests can RSVP with the number of people they're bringing (no more excuses for unexpected guests!)," google wrote.

Events can also be duplicated now, and will pull in all the important details.

Hangouts offers a free and convenient way to keep in touch, now can be connected on "extremely low bandwidth." Once enabled, you'll only need about 150 KB of bandwidth to be in a hangout.

Google has also updated its Hangouts On Air feature to improve the broadcast experience when only one person is participating by removing the thumbnail space to allow the broadcast area to fill the screen. "If you're the only participant, we'll automatically hide the "filmstrip" of faces and expand your video to fill the entire feed," google adds.

Screenshots of the new Google+ Android app:

Here is a list of features available in new iOS and Android apps:

New in Google+ Android app version 3.3:

  • "Google+ Communities
  • Support for full resolution photo uploads via Instant Upload
  • Subscribe to any circle for notifications
  • Support for time zones in Events
  • Basic profile editing
  • Integration with Google Now to send birthday wishes to friends
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Express your mood via animated images in posts
  • View and explore Photo Sphere images (Android 4.2+)
  • Add the Google+ widget to your device's lock screen (Android 4.2+)," informs Google.

New in Gogole+ iOS app version 4.0:

  • New feature: Google+ Communities
  • Ability to subscribe to any circle for notifications
  • Ability to indicate how many guests you're bringing to an event
  • Support for time zones in Events
  • Basic profile editing
  • New compose UI for easier sharing
  • New visual stream design
  • Discover people and topics more easily using 'Find people'

The updated Android and iOS mobile apps can be dowloaded from Google Play and the iTune App Store.