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Google+ for Android Updated to Version 4.3, New Photo Features in Tow

Another Wednesday is here, which means that it’s time for lots of Google app love. We first saw the release of the Google Now Launcher earlier today for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, and now are seeing a substantial update for the Google+ app. The update includes a few new enhancements for you photographers out there among a couple basic bug fixes.

It’s easy to see that this update is entirely centered around photos, with every single one of the enhancements designed to make the lives of picture aficionados a tad bit simpler. The additions include the ability to begin editing a picture on one device, and then carry on or start over on another, new filters and tools (a la Snapseed), and enhancements for viewing and finding your photos.

The full list of additions is below:

  • Non-destructive photo editing across devices Starting today you can start your edits on one device, and continue (or start over) on another. This means you can backup full-resolution photos from your desktop, edit them in seconds on your phone, then add some finishing touches from your tablet. (And you can revert to your originals at any time!) The technical term for this experience is non-destructive editing in the cloud, and we think you’ll really enjoy it.
  • Brand new filters and creative tools Now when you edit your photos, you’ll have a powerful set of tools (like crop and rotate), 1-touch filters, and Snapseed-inspired enhancements (like Drama, Retrolux, and HDR Scape). Mix and match to make your photos look their absolute best.
  • A single view of all your photos The new ‘All’ view displays your entire photo library — whether it’s on your current device, or backed up in the cloud. If your library is really large (> 10s of thousands of photos), the app won’t show all your photos initially. But stay tuned, because we’re supporting larger and larger libraries over the next few weeks.
  • An easy way to browse your photos by date In addition to search, there’s now another way to find your photos fast. Just swipe through your photos in the ‘All’ view, and look for the scroll bar on the right. Dragging the scroll bar up or down will quickly move you forwards or backwards in time.

The update is now available for free on Google Play as version 4.3, but sit tight as this staged rollout may take a while to show up for you.

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Update:  If you want to sideload the v4.3.0.62152090 apk, download it here.

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  • looks very exciting!

  • mrjayviper

    how useful is G+ as a social network when friends and family are using facebook? thanks

    • Chris

      Its not and will never be .

    • Steve B

      G+ is not meant to be like Facebook. Facebook is for connecting with friends. G+ is for connecting with people who have common interests.

      People are slowly starting to realize this and G+ has picked up a ton of users in the past year.

      Will it ever be as big as facebook? Probably not, but is that a bad thing? I’ve received far more enjoyment out of G+ in the past 6 months than I have from all the bitching and useless drama I’ve gotten in my Facebook news feed for the past 10 years.

  • v4.3 kills the list in locations that let’s you see your friends locations. The widget still works

  • 213ninja

    Anyone else get problem parsing the package using the side load link above?

    • Brent Cooper

      I am getting that problem

    • Havoc70

      Same here

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    G+ is turning into a fine photo editor. Oh, wait… it’s a social network? LOL. And I STILL can’t long press on a post in the main stream view to mute like I used to be able to.


  • Denvertoad

    Download link is hinky. Keep getting a message about site trying to download two files simultaneously. Hangs @ 49%

  • NorCalGuy

    Can they add the pencil draw on pictures ? Constantly taking pics to show people how to do things and have to use 3rd party just to draw a circle or an arrow, especially showing ppl how to use things on their phone a lot easier to take a couple screen shots with an arrow or two than 4-5 long texts explaining it

  • Mukesh Mali

    Chrome updated as well. No more black screen on the S4! http://goo.gl/0rludP

  • Jeff

    Does G+ destroy anyone else’s battery life?

    • Mark Faustino

      Not my battery life, but it did eat up 3.96 GB of background data in three days. I made a comment about this earlier, but it’s now not anywhere in the comments section

      • Kidqwik

        Yeah, the previous update did that to me and quite a few other people. I had it upload pics via wifi only and google+ burned through 4 gigs of data by itself doing who knows what. I rolled back to the previous update and logged out of my account to stop it cause it kept on going. I downloaded this update and watched what it was doing and oit of fear just logged out of it anyway cause I don’t use it really and didn’t want to have to pay for data overages again.

        • Dave

          How is your data consumption now? I had exact same problem. 4 gigs in two weeks, and then 7 gigs on WiFi. I also deleted the update and shut it down. I only have about 400 mb of data left now for the next two weeks.

          • Kidqwik

            I haven’t given a chance to repeat what it did with the previous update. Google never responded to all the people complaining about data overages that shouldn’t have happened. They should have paid everyone’s bill or gave them free google play credits or something. I was so pissed I have a 4 gig plan. I had to up it to 6 gigs for December after it had already gone over. I’m afraid to turn this update on for fear of the same problem. It would have been nice to use the photo features though… sigh..

          • Dave

            I’m waiting a while until my next billing cycle, but then I’ll try it on wifi first. Pain isn’t it? And I rarely use the app on my phone.

  • needa

    i had one hell of a time last night printing pictures from g+ for court. i should be able to print from the pic, rather than having to dload first. seems like that would be a given.

  • Mark Faustino

    Did my comment get deleted?

    • mmark27

      Mine did too.

  • Proioxix

    I edit quite a bit on my Nexus 5. I use VSCO, Snapseed, Handy Photo, Ps Touch, and Pixlr Express. Each has it’s use and all work great. Can’t say I’ve ever used Google+ for photo editing though. I recommend Handy Photo, it’s got some pretty neat content-aware features. As you can see, the first one is the edited version (with ice textures), second is the original. I mean it’s not professional grade or anything, but for a mobile application, pretty good.

  • iceburgh

    Trouble parsing the file. Running stock Verizon Galaxy S3

    • Brent Cooper

      Same problem on my stock rooted unlocked verizon Note II running 4.1.2

      • michael arazan

        I think you have to be running 4.4 to be using it.

  • Tim242

    Chrome updated as well. No more black screen on the S4!

    • needa

      i get that same black screen on the x. good to know they gt it fixed. thanx for the update.

      • Tim242

        It seems to be more snappy as well. It was driving me crazy before.

  • Mark Faustino

    Anyone know if this update fixes background data usage? During the second week of Feb, it ate through 3.96 GB of background data in the span of three days. I had since disabled it altogether.

  • AbbyZFresh

    People actually use this?

    • Chris

      I’m sure the Goolge plus nerds use it to edit photos of the wood panneling and shaggy carpet in their mothers basement.

      • The Narrator

        That doesn’t make any sense at all. Trolls never do, so it doesn’t surprise me.

        • Guest

          Learning is very hard for you. Just look at yesterdays discussion about Windows mobile.

          • The Narrator

            Chris, using a fake account and upvoting yourself isn’t helping anything. Stop trolling, seriously.

          • Mystery man

            You can’t up-vote your own comments genius

          • James


          • The Narrator

            Your comments are flagged. Don’t respond.

          • Tim242

            Fry upvoting himself hahaha

          • Matthew

            Shut up already. Both of you are extremely annoying.

            Both of you need to stop trolling.

        • Mystery Man

          Given they are a doll from the 80s and 90s, let alone little magical creatures who live under the bay Bridge , its no surprise

    • Balthazar_B

      One snarky rhetorical question deserves another as an answer: Who doesn’t?

      • Chris

        typical response from a loyal Google Plus user wanting to defend his not that great social network of choice.

        Your answer: quite a bit.

    • Guy Pierce

      Might as well use an app like G+ that comes with all Android devices then have five Google Play apps to do the same thing.

      • Chris

        android is about choice, so people can use what ever they please

        • Mystery Man

          and I use google play services. Love the name.

          Google Play Music All Access

          what a name son!

        • Guy Pierce


    • Mystery Man

      I know. Who in their right mind would use Google plus over facebook!


    • scastro87

      Use it to back up my photos, yeah

      • Chris

        so many other ways to do that

  • Qbancelli

    I’m on 4.2.4. and I see no update in GP.

    • Nathan D

      “sit tight as this staged rollout may take a while to show up for you.”

    • Beavis

      atta boy

    • Seiga

      Yup… good bye Snapseed!

    • Hat tip to you, sir. Post updated.

      • The Narrator

        Rthvk, can you clean up the trolls? Sorry you had to be a victim of their article derailing.

        • 3769

          I agree.

        • I’ve talked to Tim, we’re still figuring out what exactly to do.

          • The Narrator


          • ReturnOfTheMack

            It sucks, but sometime you have to be stern to get the point across.

        • Tim242

          You are the biggest troll here. You use about 5 different accounts. Fry.

          • James

            Case in point @disqus_Ov0xXT7Yc4:disqus

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I really still haven’t found a daily reason to use G+ out side of “damn where is that picture…OH It’s back up to G+ i’ll check there”

    • Chris

      It took me a while to disable the Auto awesome thing they have. I might as well just disable the app it self.

    • The Narrator

      I had to use it for work and they thought I was crazy cause I didn’t know how too