Google+ unveiled a slew of new features to the platform’s Android mobile app on Wednesday, most notably updates to the site’s geo-location feature that allows Google+ users to share their locations with those in their circles.
The update lets users share their locations in varying degrees of detail depending on which circles they choose to share with. For example, you can share your exact location with your family circle and simultaneously share only your city with colleagues. The update replaces Google Latitude, which pushed out a user’s location to everyone accepted on the platform.
The location update isn’t the only change to the site’s Android application. Google+ also followed through on a promise to replace Messenger with Google Hangouts and added a new photo collaboration feature with Google Drive.
Users can now pull photos stored on Google Drive directly into their Google+ profiles. The photos will default to private, meaning users will be able to choose which ones to share. You can auto-enhance the photos if desired, just like photos loaded directly to Google+.
The app can differentiate photos from documents and screen grabs, according to a spokesperson, so users shouldn’t worry that only files stored on their Drive may end up on their profile. This update is the only one also available on the Google+ web version.
You no longer need to sign out and sign back in to switch between different Google+ accounts. The change can be completed with just “a couple of taps,” according to a post by Vic Gundotra, the senior VP of engineering at Google.
Finally, Google+ fully integrated Google Apps for business, which means content can now be shared directly to those in a user’s circles.
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