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Google+ Update Rolling Out, Brings Shake-for-Snow Auto Awesome and Simplified Search Feature

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Google’s Vic Gundotra, announced this morning that a new version of Google+ is soon to hit Android devices, version 4.2.4. In the update are several additions, such as a feature that allows you to simply shake your device while viewing a picture to have snow flakes gracefully fall from the sky. Previously, this feature was an Auto Awesome enhancement, but now you can throw it onto any picture of your choosing. In addition, searching across various posts, people, photos, and communities is a whole lot easier, as users can now make a comprehensive search across the entire platform via a single search box. No more getting lost throughout Google+’s deep dark alleyways. 

Vic listed out all of the changes you can find in the update, and announced that it is gradually rolling out to all users through Google Play. Be on the look out.

Shake your device to add snow to your photos. Many of you enjoyed last week’s Auto Awesome  snow (http://goo.gl/913KlK), so we’re adding another way to let it snow this holiday season. Just open one of your photos, shake your device, and snow will start falling. Shake again to save. (http://youtu.be/YWRa6Cz6m_M)

Search across more stuff, from a single box. Now you can search for posts, people, photos and communities — all from one place. So the next time you’re looking for something specific, just tap ‘Search’ and type what you want.

Control who can buzz your phone, without missing notifications from others. If you only want certain people to be able to buzz your phone (like family), simply adjust your “Who can notify me” settings. Notifications from others will now appear in “Everything else,” so you can read them whenever it’s convenient.

Explore content by category. Now when you visit the What’s Hot stream, you’ll be able to “go deeper” on a number of different categories — from Music and Science to Sports and Photography.

Spread the love this holiday season. Now when you +1 posts in the stream, you’ll see something lovely.

Via: + Vic Gundotra
Image: Solopreneursllc
  • chris miraillet

    snow option on pics doesn’t work on my motorola razr i on 4.1.2 jellybean !

  • mikeym0p

    Does it have to be pictures shared via g+?I can’t seem to get it to work.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I’m still on version 4.2.3.blah blah blah. So when will I get this app update?

  • ddevito

    Am I the only idiot who can’t do this?

    (Moto X 4.4)

    • michael arazan

      I think its a staggered update, so maybe your phone hasn’t been updated yet, mine hasn’t yet

  • Hothfox

    I’d really like them to update the “post” buttons for text/picture/location/mood.

  • Godzilla

    I just auto awesome’d some porn pics. Now it looks like the white stuff is falling all over her. Oh wait………

  • akazerotime

    What.. no APK Download?

  • Liquidretro

    HUGE PHOTO OVERLOAD!

    • DroidzFX

      G+++++ Get it NOWW!!!