Those of you who depend on Google+ to provide you with your daily dose of what’s good on the internet, should be pleased to hear that the Mountain View, Santa Clara company has pushed out a rather major update to its mobile G+ clients this week.
Hitting both iOS and Android yesterday afternoon, the new update (version 4.3.0) includes a whole bunch in the way of new eye candy and tweaks for enhanced performance. Perhaps the biggest change in this version is the addition of a full-fledged photo editor, powered by Snapseed.
“Starting today, we’re adding some of Snapseed’s award-winning photo enhancements to the Google+ iPhone app,” the company wrote when announcing the update on Monday.
Designed for those looking to add a bit of ‘pizazz’ to their mobile uploads on the network, the new mobile editor allows users to perform basic edits, like rotate and crop, as well as having the option to select more enhanced filters, such as “Drama” and “Retrolux.”
On top of this generous selection of photo filters, you’ll also be able to adjust your photo’s saturation, contrast, brightness and “lots more,” by simply sliding your fingers either up-and-down or left-and-right. Singling tapping at any time will show a comparison of your edited photo besides the original, so you can decide which one you’d eventually like to upload.
Separate from the addition of a photo editor, though, Google’s latest update to its mobile Google+ client also includes a number of other changes, one of which is a new profile design. In line with the company’s recent redesign of the network when viewed from the web, the firm’s native G+ clients are now also following suit, seeing Google+ on iPad now show users a bigger cover photo, and more text per post.
You’ll also find a new notifications tray, which will keep you up-to-date not only on what’s new with the network in general, but also what your friends, family and colleagues that you already have in your circles are both watching and reading. In addition, the app has also gained a new set-up flow for new users, and you can now control the volume of posts that you see in your stream from individual circles and communities.
Filter search results now offer “Best” and “Most Recent” options, allowing you to finely filter the results the network returns based on your search query directly from within the app, and Google has in this version (finally) added the ability to re-share posts to communities. Display counts for unread messages in your communities are now also shown, and the firm has added additional community moderation features for those who like to keep tabs (and control) on what is being said in their G+ community whilst on-the-move.