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Feb092018

Google Preparing Brand New Version of Google Plus Android App

A new version of the Google’s G+ Android app, which is said to completely rewritten is on the way as the company notified. According to a Google+ engineer, the new G+ is set to released within the next several days.

Though the new app will “closely” resemble the current app, a lot of changes have been made under the hood to the core features. “…this new version is the culmination of a complete rewrite of many core features using Google’s latest Android app infrastructure which will allow our Android team to build new features on a modern tech stack,” wrote Google engineer.

In addition to rewriting process some subtle updates were also made to the core features with following new additions, for instance,

  • Improved stream rendering and scrolling,
  • Redesigned photo lightbox,
  • Slide up comment options from a bottom sheet—just swipe up to leave a comment,
  • Grey-spammed comments are now viewable by post authors.

New G+ Android app Interface

There are a few known issues as well Google admits they are currently being worked on to iron out before making it public. For instance, while “leaving a comment on a post will cause a full refresh of the post to include your comment.”

Howerver, you can still take it for a spin if you get the chance.

The new Google+ app should be available on Android in the next few days.

In addition, Google Mobile Management now enable you to manage app runtime permissions for apps running in work profiles or on company-owned Android devices.

Going forward, all G Suite admins can manage permissions that Android apps request at runtime, as opposed to at installation time also known as “runtime permissions”, said G Suite team.

With this, two new settings in the Admin console for customers using Google Mobile Management is launched, including:

First, three new options to admins for management of all runtime permissions on all Android apps is made available:

  • allow runtime permissions automatically,
  • deny runtime permissions automatically, or
  • prompt the end user to choose whether to grant runtime permissions. The last setting is the default; it can be changed in the Admin console under Device Management > Android Settings > Apps and Data Sharing.

Second, under App Distribution and Configuration new options provided when an Android app is whitelisted. This setting will allow admins to manage runtime permissions for that specific app. For example, an admin can forbid the app to access the device’s location or contacts. Where there are conflicts, this setting will take priority over the app-wide setting mentioned above.

Manage app runtime permissions with Google Mobile Management

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