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Google+ App Receiving Update, Brings Android Beam and Daydream Support

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This morning, Google is pushing out a staged rollout of an updated Google+ application for Android through Google Play. The update isn’t your ordinary run of the mill bug fixer, though. Inside this update, Google is looking to take advantage of a few features that are uncommonly used on phones supporting the software, such as Daydream and Android Beam

Once this update goes live for all, users will have the ability to share photos instantly thanks to NFC and a quick tap of the devices’ backs. In addition, photos on Google+ can now be used with Android’s Daydream feature, which is essentially a screen saver for devices while they are charging and docked. There are a few more features added in, so check out the changelog below.

What’s New:

  • Photos now supports Android Beam, so you can share photos via NFC
  • Photos also supports Daydream, so you can view your pics in screensaver mode when charging or docking your device
  • Individual photo details are now available in the drop-down menu
  • Opening “Locations” will automatically refresh your friends’ locations on the map

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  • rutgersjaffo

    Great news for all twelve people who actually use this. As opposed, of course, to all the “users” they count because this silly bloatware comes on every android device. Again, Google+ sucks and no one cares about it. Not the young, not the old, nobody…

    • WAldenIV

      Google+ is awesome but no one uses it because their friends and family use Facebook.

  • MacNificent

    Google+ was buggy and laggy all day. This update definitely fixed that despite what people are saying

  • fauxshizzl

    I have always had trouble with the beam feature. I am not sure if you have to perfectly line up the NFC chips, but every time I try it we spend more time rubbing devices together trying to get it to initiate then it would have taken to just email it or something.

    • michael arazan

      I always have problems trying to use the NFC to copy stuff over from my N7 to my phones. I got so frustrated, it was quicker just to copy my stuff and send it in an email to open on my other device. I’d upload it to Drive but vzw lte is 2 mb up and takes for ever to upload stuff.

  • Pandalero

    Tell me I’m not the only person that has never, and will likely never ever share a photo via NFC. I get the whole mobile payments thing and using NFC tags to perform certain functions… but to share anything? Really? Outside of the people in advertisements, who is bumping their phones together to share stuff?

    • fauxshizzl

      I have tried it to pass a few PDF docs to coworkers sitting next to me and as my comment below says, it was quite hit or miss. Using mostly Nexus devices. Maybe I am doing it wrong. If it worked reliably and quickly I could see it being an actual asset.

      • LionStone

        If you do play with it enough, it does get easier, there is a sweet spot. Listen for the tone, it tells you when it’s lined up. I did have some hit and miss with the first generation N7 but the ’13 model is much better, pretty consistent. Also I noticed it sometimes toggles Bluetooth? Don’t know why it does that?

        • rutgersjaffo

          And in the time you spend “playing with it” to “get used to it” you could just, you know, MMS them the pic. SMH…

          • LionStone

            Yea, like try it out more than once or twice… And in the time you shake your head and MMS 1 photo, I’ll already have beamed 2 pics…lol!

        • jab416171

          It sets up a bluetooth connection to transfer files

    • Adrynalyne

      Me and my wife.

      We bump other things too, but that is a different subject.

    • LionStone

      I use NFC for sharing pics… DNA & N7, N5 & N7, N5 & DNA… also when I visit family, it’s quicker than Bluetooth, it saves a couple steps. When I activated my N5 I blew the girls mind because she had an S3 and I beamed over the Droid Life website to her phone :)

    • n900mixalot

      I share docs with my boss. Pictures and video with my friends … All kinds of stuff. It’s become embedded in my routine.

      It’s there, and I choose to use it. But I feel bad for iPhone folks who have to type in contact info or email everything back and forth.

  • Defenestratus

    Yeah don’t update to this version – its bugged.

  • Zach B.
    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Google let that one slip apparently. Fixed now.