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YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+ Receive Minor Updates

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Over the last couple of days, Google issued updates to YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+. In tow with the new versions are little more than minor usability improvements and minor stylistic enhancements. Complete design transformations are probably a ways off – closer to Android L’s finalization, most likely – and there aren’t any overt signs that certain highly anticipated features are nearing the implementation stage. Still, we’ll take what we can get.

The Google+ update (version 4.5) is the most significant out of the bunch, which isn’t saying much. The most noticeable changes have been made to profile pages – user headshots are now awkwardly off-centered, consistently circular, and parallel with posts underneath. Most of the other design tweaks are exceptionally minor. Performance has also been improved across the board.

YouTube gained a new menu in version 5.9 – tapping on the three dots next to playlists will bring up options to save or share. Another tweak is more logical iconography – a “plus” icon has replaced the “like” icon for adding videos to playlists. A final playlist-related change: the “Show More” button in the slide-out navigation bar has been replaced with “View All,” a shortcut to the playlist tab.

Android Device Manager gained a useful feature. Should you ever need to remotely lock your device, you can now add a phone number for whoever comes into possession of it to automatically dial.

Eager to see the meager tweaks for yourself? Rest assured, a staged rollout of the updates is ongoing.

Play Links:  YouTube | Android Device Manager | Google+

  • nurettin

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  • j

    This is a good time and place to air my grievance with the latest Google Play update. They seemed to have removed the apk/file size from the app’s display in the play store. I can’t for the life of me find where they show the file size now, other than when the app is actually downloading. It used to be displayed front and center near the download count.

    1) If it is somewhere and I’m missing it, please enlighten me.

    2) If it’s not, and you also would like to see it back, go to android feedback and STAR my feature request

    https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list

    Issue 74645 Add back APK/File Size in Google Play Store

    • j

      I’m starting to dislike this ‘material design’ push already. Too much wasted space and features removed for the simple sake of looking minimal.

    • Bald_Sasquach

      It took me a bit, but the bottom of the “read more” description shows the download size. I agree that it makes useful info harder to get to.

    • Tyler Bowden

      My biggest gripe with the new Play Store is how the “What’s New” section behaves. When you click the read more button under the What’s New, the whole What’s New section get’s burred under the whole app description.

      If I’m updating an app I probably already know what the app does, I just want to see what’s being updated >.<

  • Trueblue711

    And the slow death of Google+ continues… (Change of +1s to likes)

    • Chris

      Well that’s actually the other way around. On YouTube it changed the like button to a plus button. Unless you are talking about something within the Google+ app?

  • Big EZ

    This “update” from YouTube has removed more features. I’m not sure why they keep removing features, and making it less user friendly. They have changed the watch later so it’s oldest first (use to be newest first) then they changed it so that when you delete a video it takes you to the top of the water H later or playlist, where it use to hold your spot. Now they removed the delete function from history, you can only clear all now.

  • duke69111

    Does the youtube update fix the buffering issues on Verizon phones?

    • HarvesterX

      I’ve never had Your uTube buffer ever since going to LTE. Not exaggerating

    • Champion1229

      One can only hope! I cannot stand the fact that YouTube will constantly buffer on a solid LTE signal (35+Mb/s in my area) but will load perfectly fine as soon as I switch to my home WiFi (15Mb/s at BEST).

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Does Droid Life Push 1440p video? . . . I know Browlee has it all the way cranked up

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    Also it seems that G+ has more sub-menus when clicking on your name. Also changes to the Photos.

  • PoisonApple31

    YouTube gave 1440p playback on my LG G3. No minor tweak for me.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    First… just cause

  • Ryan Dombroski

    Hangouts just updated as well but I have no Idea what changed

    • Jason Kahn

      Yup Version 2.1.317, google has become very lax at changelogs for bug fixers.

    • Guest

      Hopefully to prepare for the revert back to GTalk

    • HarvesterX

      I came here to post the same thing. I’m too late due to other articles taking up my previous time. DAMN YOU DL