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Google+ for Android Introduces 9 New Features, Like Auto Awesome Stories and Movies (Updated)

New leader of all things Google+, Dave Besbris, posted a list of nine new things we should expect to see in the Google+ for Android app once an update is pushed live through Google Play today. Nine is a pretty big number for an app like this. Are any of them useful? They certainly sound like they are.

New Auto Awesome Stories and Movies a part of the update. As announced by Google this morning, Stories and Movies are ways for you to view travelogues of your best photos (Stories) or highlight videos of them, with effects, transitions, and soundtracks (Movies). You can read more about Stories and Movies here

The update allows you to create animated GIFs and photobooth-style images on demand, access “really big photo” libraries, browse entire photo libraries (as well as highlights) by date, and displays total content views of profiles on both Android and the web. It also includes a new navigation menu that makes it easier to switch between circles and communities, plus sharing content is now easier than ever. Finally, the app menu slides away as you scroll, to let posts fill the entire screen.

Again, it’s a big update. If you see it pop-up on your device, be sure to let us know!

Play Link | Download (Cheers Brian!)

Update:  This is the new Google+. Talk about a brand new app. And, umm, where is the slideout menu, Google?

google plus 4.4-1

google plus 4.4-2

Via:  +Dave Besbris
  • vp

    I hate google plus with a passion. Ever since they took over youtube they can go to hell.

  • iceburgh

    as mentioned earlier, APK is for 4.4, won’t work for 4.3.
    Come on APK for 4.3, Google+ looks nice!

  • nobody9

    Unless I’m mistaken, these kind of features have been available on the Moto X since at least February. The auto-awesome has been making animations of my photos almost ever since I got this phone.

  • MiMo1986s

    only for android 4.4 !!

  • rutgersjaffo

    QUESTION UNRELATED TO ARTICLE: A while back one app or another was featured on here that let me place a hidden side menu on the home screen. Just had to do a hard reset and have no recall whatsoever as to what it was. Anyone have any ideas? You would get a message in the pulldown bar which would ask you to touch it to activate sidedock if you wanted to do so, or you could just pull from the side. Sorry, I really liked it together with Cover and I would love to have it back, lol. Thought it was anew feature of Go but that does not seem to be the case. Ugh…

    • RonD45

      Go through all apps in your play store to find it. When you see the app name hopefully you will recognize it.

      • rutgersjaffo

        Turns out it was indeed Go Launcher, just that a new theme had for some reason completely disabled the feature. Had to uninstall and reinstall. Thanks much.

  • Bill_Surowiecki

    You missed a big one… Communities “About” section now has clickable hyperlinks.
    This is huge for anyone that has a community.

    Now the Themer, Zooper, and Media Utilities, pages I run no longer need forever pinned posts just to allow mobile users to access hyperlinks.
    Thanks Google, its about time.

  • JRomeo

    Will it still be easy to switch between Photos section, Locations section, People Section, and Communities section that used to be in the pull out menu??

  • Shasdo

    My 2 Cents,

    See how the black status bar, with the new red colored menu is out of place here.
    They are rolling out google Apps update with colored menu bar so it will be able to blend nicely with the color changing status bar in Android 4.5/5.0

    Goodbye, dark, sad, status bar, welcome all flavoured status bar.

    • turdbogls

      they dont need 4.5/5.0 for that….they could do it now if they wanted to….its just not necessary….and to some, it looks bad. I personally like the look, but I understand why they aren’t doing it.


      much like iOS

  • PSU_DI

    The Slide Out menu is still in full effect for the photos portion of the app.

  • Soheil

    nice blog keep it up


  • I like it.

  • Justin Foster

    I feel like all the Gapps are gonna get updated before Google IO to prep for new Android version


      With nothing but cards….. House of cards. Kevin spacy as the spokesman

      • Justin Foster

        Android 5.0 L’Carde

  • Disqus_n00b

    I wish it were easier to tell which photos were on the device vs on the cloud

    • JSo

      When they did that, I didnt like that change either for that reason. I need to always go to the “Folder” section. Which I just realized was changed to “On Device”

  • Droid Ronin

    I get the new UI, but not the thin fonts as shown in the screenshots above.

    • JimmyHACK

      Based on the nav bar bottom icons I think they on an HTC One M8 with a different font (you can change default fonts on that phone I believe)

      • Droid Ronin

        I wish the Moto X (or stock Android for that matter) had a way for you to change fonts without root.


      its because the screenshots are from the HTC ONE M8. they have a thin font option that I personally use.

  • Shane Redman

    Still wish there was a way that you could use your own music on movies or just not have music at all…unless that already exists. If it already exists, can someone let me know?

    • hoosiercub88

      I think using the royalty free music is alright, I mean.. it keeps the record company moguls dogs off of the backs of people who share these videos.

      • Shane Redman

        Oh, I totally get the reasoning behind it, but what if I create my own music? or like I said, what if I just want to hear what’s going on in each clip without music.

        • hoosiercub88

          I get what you’re saying, you’d be in the minority though if you’re actually creating your own music, and if you are.. you’re probably using some video software that’s quite a bit more potent and power than Google+ Auto Magic lol..

          As for videos without music.. I think it would kind of ruin the unique/filtery congruency that these little shorts have. Typically if sound is important to me in a video, the actual clip gets shared with people on FB/YouTube/G+. That’s just me though.


    still doesn’t mean anything…….

    but its funny to see google plus nerds get erections here.

  • Nicholas Shaun

    Very nice!

  • Al-Burrit0

    New UI looking sweet!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    who didn’t know they had so many views? i’m a little creeped out.

  • Guest

    apk! apk!

  • tylerc23

    Loving the new UI

  • eric

    The APK posted so far is 4.4+ !!! Please for < 4.4

  • Jon

    problem parsing package when i download the apk

    • Rob Mounts

      I am only getting that on my tablet

      • Jon

        Because the .apk is only for 4.4

  • miri

    Playing around with the update is making it difficult to pay attention to the Microsoft’s live stream. Well played, Google.


      not really

      • hoosiercub88

        I’m sure a Google+ update is more fascinating than another overpriced Surface tablet that no one will buy *shrug*


          Well you have a point there.

  • Mine is updated and is force closing every few minutes even though I’m not actively using the app

  • “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” – Google+

    • Miguel

      Looks good but it’s missing the slide out menu, weird since everything Google has it now and it’s part of Android 4.4.

      • Garrett Collins

        Maybe a sneak peak to the next android generation’s ui overlay?


      and yet we don’t know what google has in store. so lets not get too worked up over it

      • Exactly. Which is why I never bought into the rumors to begin with.

    • jak_341

      Hard to declare death on something that was never really alive anyway…

      • JSo

        Theres that generic hatred every comment section of a Google+ article has.

      • JRomeo

        when google+ gives you infinity unlimited storage for all of your 15 minutes or less 1080p videos, and standard size pictures………… Google+ is alive and well

      • KEEP GOING

        Since when can troglodyte speak?

  • mmark27

    woof, 36mb file? Dang.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      hahaha “woof”

  • Hothfox

    It’s … interesting.

    I do like the new UI. It’s fresh and visually pleasing. I do not, however, like how they smashed all the navigation into a drop down menu and totally abandoned their Hamburger UI. For example, I use Locations a lot, and all it gets now is a tiny little button at the bottom of the drop down. Even Photos just has a tiny little button.

    For the social posting, it’s nice. For photos and locations, it now sucks more.

    • Terry West

      Yes, like the hamgurger UI!!!!

    • James

      Agreed. It’s annoying that every couple months a completely different navigation scheme gets rolled out. By the time you get used to it – and all the Google apps finally get updated to it – the next change hits. I’m all for improving UI ease of use, but can we get some consistency?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Probably experimenting. I think the gesture to get to the hamburger slide out menu messed with some functionality. In my head they going the ios route and swiping from that side will go back within the app. But i’m only guessing.

  • The new UI is interesting. A sign of things to come?

    • Guillaume

      dude apk please, that looks neat !

      • Looks like the article has been updated with the APK!

      • Daeshaun Griffiths


    • jeff manning

      This looks a lot like the leaked Gmail app. Goodbye slide out menu

    • Tiago Pestana

      Why google? why?? where is the slideout menu, Google? always changing things!

  • Guest

    The new UI is interesting, a sign of more UI overhauls?

  • Ethan Besbris

    There ya go with that name again… I still think we’re related.

  • Jim Davis

    I disabled Google+. It was using too much battery, randomly.

    • Hothfox

      I just tell it to not sync in the background and only do Auto Backup while charging. That seemed to fix my battery drain.


        screw that. i disabled it also…. POS service

        • hoosiercub88

          Go eat a bag of richards please.. kthxbai.

          • Ray

            haha is that a bag of richard yale’s?



        • Ray

          Where did you come from i have never seen you on here until a few days ago? are you really a women? serious questions here

          • hoosiercub88

            I think it’s manopause, not menopause.


            i’m the woman in the picture….

        • JRomeo

          disabling it eliminates your chance of backing up all the videos under 15 minutes in 1080p in the cloud storage, and backing up all of your standard size photos, Free!, you get unlimited storage. you can even organize them into albums and share if you want.

      • michael arazan

        Just disable and sync manually when you go into it when you want to use it

  • Guest