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Google+ Update Coming Today to Android – New Navigation Drawer, Syncing Notifications, and More

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A solid Google+ update was announced this morning, with availability happening via the web and Android first before moving onto iOS. The update introduces a new navigation drawer that is “more consistent with other Google apps.” We’re hoping that means you can access it with a swipe from the left side of the screen like almost all of the recently updated Google apps. The new Android app will also show number of +1’s, comments and reshares in posts, plus you’ll be able to delete photos from the Photos view.

In terms of notifications, the Google+ team is introducing syncing across devices, so you no longer have to see the same notifications from device to device if you have already checked them. They also tossed in a new notifications tray with a bell icon that lets you know if anything is waiting for you, and separated unread and read trays.

The update for Android should be out today, however, it’ll likely have a staged rollout so who knows when you’ll get it. 

Here is the changelog:

Notifications sync:

  • When you read a notification on one device, we’ll mark it as read on your other devices
  • Likewise: dismissing a notification (with a swipe or a click) does so everywhere, so you can say goodbye to annoying repeats

Notifications tray:

  • A new bell icon (in the Google Bar, and in the mobile apps) that lets you know if anything’s waiting for you
  • An updated notifications tray that separates unread from previously-read items

Android app:

  • You can now delete your photos from the Photos view
  • Tapping into a post shows the number of +1’s, comments and reshares
  • The left-hand menu design is now more consistent with other Google apps

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Via:  +Vic Gundotra

  • ThunderJayHawk35

    Kellex you a sneakerhead!!!??? Major props if so

  • Julius Williams

    Thank u . Needed this update

  • jitendra vaswani

    Awesome post

  • Chadd Minchew

    I have updated g+ on both my Nexus 7 and Droid Razr but it seems that messenger is now broken. I can open the individual chats but the input box for typing a new message is gone for both devices. I know that hangouts is suppose to replace messenger but I want to continue to use messenger until they fully integrate the messenger history into Hangouts. Does anyone know why thishas happened or a work around at this point?

    • Benjamin Pavel

      Just use Hangouts ?
      The message will be still delivered.
      The only reason Messenger is still there because they haven’t put chat history into the new app.

      • Chadd Minchew

        My biggest complaint with the way they are transitioning from messenger to hangouts is that they disabled messenger with this latest update before migrating all the old conversation history over. To me that is just a poor way to do the transition. Now I have to go explain to all the people in my messenger conversations to let them know that they need to start using hangouts instead. I have to explain to them why this is happening and what the purpose is for doing this. Then I have to go into hangouts to start creating all those conversation groups again. If they would have just left messenger functional until all the conversation history was migrated over, then it would have made for a smoother transition I believe.

  • Pedro Rosado

    Can somebody explain me, why the hell, all android phones come with google talk (now google hangout app), and when we install google+ app, it comes with a shortcut like a side app to messenger+???? Why do we need 2 apps??? wtf google…

    • Benjamin Pavel

      Because they still didn’t put chat history over to the new app Hangouts.
      And beside if they suddenly deleted Google Talk/G+ Messenger people would be angry especially those who are not tech savy and don’t follow the Android news that Talk/G+ Messenger was replaced with Hangouts.

      • Pedro Rosado

        Still, the hangouts (former gtalk) and messenger+ app (that comes with google+ app) have the exact same function. I get double notifications every time someone talks to me through google+ website. I get a notification on hangouts and messenger+. This is a service that should be put together as one, not severed like it is.

  • stayflyer

    Those 4s are hard he wants a arm and a leg for them.

  • Skittlez

    Fellow sneakerhead!

  • Would they ever make it so that the Circles sync up to the groups in the GMail contacts rather than requiring us to go to Google+ to see the circle associations.

  • saint_stephen

    Received the update (also downloaded an APK), but no bell icon or three-bar icon in my notifications tray…

  • Nicktrance

    That was surprisingly quick. Usually when they say later today they actually mean in about 3-7 days time…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    When i open the app, i want the most recent post showing. I don’t like having to refresh that soon. Feels so ios-ish.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Google music update too. USES LESS DATA!!!

      • brkshr

        Nice! Thanks!

  • brkshr
    • tyguy829

      Awesome. Thanks a lot

    • Stewie

      Much appreciated!


    • Thank you sir. 🙂

    • c_topher_v

      I downloaded this but I dont see any changes (no bell or ability to swipe notifications). Am I missing something? I confirmed the build is the same as below

      • brkshr

        It should work. I would think someone else would have said something by now if it didn’t.

        Can you swipe from the left edge of the screen & open the drawer?

        • c_topher_v

          I can. I am pretty sure it is up to date. I was just expecting to see the bell for the notification icon. All other features are there (swipe right for menu, see plus 1s and reshares from message, and delete photos). Swipe notifications must be coming later

          • Same here. For the update but no bell. I’m not sure why.

  • Shaunwin

    Do we have a version #?

  • No pull to refresh?? I was expecting to see that too.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      OH! I like this thought. Strayed away from consistency.

    • Geoffrey Gunter

      Exactly what I was thinking. I was hoping they would stick with the pull animation from Gmail

  • qwqwqwq

    who actually uses google+ except hardcore google fanboys. facebook all the way. inb4 tons of downvotes

    • squrel23

      How are you “inb4 tons of downvotes” since the downvotes won’t happen until you post this…?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Soon. Very soon. I think google was a little late to the social site game. When people already made facebook and twitter. Nobody wants to do all the adding friends and following again. Vine probably has more users, but G+ is vine, IG, facebook, and twttier combined. they’ll come around.

    • Geoffrey Gunter

      I partially agree, since I am a hardcore google fanboy, but “facebook all the way”? Meh. I’m always looking for a reason to not use facebook.

      • qwqwqwq

        using a different social network while everyone is on facebook (almost noone on g+) is kind of pointless. i fail to see an advantage.

        • Geoffrey Gunter

          I understand your point, I’m simply saying I’m not a fan of Facebook.

        • Nick Sabino

          In the tech industry, one company usually makes something pretty good first (Facebook) and they grab a bunch of the market share. Then somebody else (Google) eventually catches up, learns the industry, and then makes something better. Facebook is selling out (Have you seen how many ads there are now???), and Google+ is simply a better social networking site from a functional standpoint. Give it time, people will move on from facebook.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    It’s a shame no one really uses this. The look is so much better than Facebook.

    • Eddie Jr

      Lots of people use it, my feed is always full.

  • KChristainsen

    I wish I had more friends using google+….. or maybe i just need more friends

    • Suralin

      I don’t know about you, but my friends were too whiny. I’m glad they’re not on G+.

  • Jason Downing

    This looks nice

  • Matreyu Hermano

    Why don’t they fix when I’m scrolling down, the posts refresh and I’m reset at the top and have to speed scroll down to what I was in the middle of reading when it refreshed.

    • EC8CH

      really… why does it do that?

  • DanWazz

    Yay! Notification sync. No more swiping the same notification 3 times.

  • Shane Redman

    As we wait for someone with the APK…

  • Joey Colclough

    Why didn’t they get rid of G+ Messanger

    • Blue Sun

      They basically did get rid of it. Try opening it & you will see a redirect to Hangouts.

      • Justin Barrett

        That’s not getting rid of it.

        • r0lct

          Maybe for the people who used it it’s a way to transition them. Nothing is worse than taking something away from a user with no direction as to why for their support staff. I would imagine a future release will remove it at some point,

          • Steve Benson

            This exactly. I don’t think they want to jerk the rug out from under people who are unaware of the changes.

          • It’s been around for several updates now, so it’ll no longer be like jerking the rug.

    • Jakub Poniatowski

      They have taken the functionality away without removing it. You can no longer send messages or receive them on the app, it is just access to old conversations until they are ready too back them ALL up and transfer them to hangouts. I am angry since it just took away all messanger to text messaging functionality

  • Shane Redman

    But can I please drag from the left to open that bar instead of having to tap that button at the top left?!?!

    • I read on Google+ that’s included in this update. Can’t confirm because I don’t have it yet.

    • brkshr

      You can do that now. Just got the update

      • Jason Downing

        Thinking about posting the apk?

        • brkshr

          I posted it

          • Shane Redman

            Thanks from us all!!!

  • Blue Sun

    I can’t wait for a link to the *.apk. I’d rather not have to wait 4 days for all my devices to get the update.
    Cross device notification sync is gonna be awesome!

  • Life = complete.

  • Justin Barrett

    Rolling out over the next 3 months…

    • T4rd

      They’re adopting Verizon’s OTA method, eh?

      • jnmigr

        Remember the beta update for app. Guess they doing 10% today. 100% in 3 month… long time.

    • r0lct

      I think my longest wait was about 48 hours from their first two staged rollouts.

    • brkshr

      I just got the update

      • tyguy829

        Care to share the apk? Thanks

        • brkshr

          Give me a sec & I’ll make a new post