Google+ App for iPhone and Android Focus on 'Photos, Posts, Profiles and Communities'

Google Plus mobile app for iPhone and Android bring improvements in four key areas: photos, posts, profiles and communities. Google launches new +Nik Collection bundle.

A new versions of Google+ for Android and iOS pushed out, focuses on four key areas: photos, posts, profiles and communities.

The iOS app gets some Snapseed features, so, now when you share a photo you can do basic edits like "rotate and crop, as well as select filters like Drama and Retrolux."

What's more features suchs as "Adjust saturation, contrast, brightness and lots more by sliding your fingers up-and-down, then left-and-right, and single tap at any time to compare your creation with the original" are also added.

For Android, the updates including:

  • "Posts include more text up front--from the original message, and from comments
  • Tapping video, photo or link attachments takes you directly to a watch page, lightbox or website
  • Image previews are rarely cropped, so you'll see portrait photos (for instance) in all their glory
  • Key actions like +1, reshare and comment are displayed more prominently in each post
  • You can swipe through photo albums inline," informs Google exec.

In additon, Google has also introduced following communities freatures from its desktop version to iPhone and Android:

  • "ability to adjust the volume of community posts in your Home stream
  • option to invite people to a community, or reshare items with a community
  • Member search, content moderation, and report-remove-ban support for community managers."

Finally, Google now allow to share current location with specific circles on your Google+ profile. To give the feature a try, just visit your Google+ settings on desktop or Android and turn on "Location Sharing."

  • "If you enable this option, you'll then decide who can see your best-available location across Google
  • Like always, you can be as public or as private as you want to be
  • When someone with permission visits your profile, for example, they'll see your current whereabouts underneath your name." Google adds.

Update: Google has just announced of incorporating +Nik Software to Google+ community. Google had acquired Nik Software back in September of 2012.

Google has said that it has created a $149 bundle that includes all of Nik's six plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

"The bundle dubbed "Nik Collection by Google," includes the HDR photography tool HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 for color correction and retouching, Silver Efex Pro 2 for black-and-white photography, Viveza 2 for selectively adjusting the color and tonality of images, Sharpener Pro 3 and Dfine 2 for noise reduction."

The bundle is about 70 percent cheaper than Nik's old "Complete Collection."

"We're going to continue offering and improving Nik's high-end tools and plug-ins. Together with Nik, we'll continue to put "photography first," said Vic Gundotra