Thursday, October 11, 2012

Google+ App Updated Brings, Page Management, New Widget, And One Tap Photo Access

 
Today, the mobile app is seeing an update that brings some much-requested features, including the ability to manage Pages from mobile. The method is a little wonky. Unlike on the web version, you can't just hop over to a page you're managing. You have to manually log out then log back in, at which point you will be asked what profile or page you want to control. It's bothersome, but at least it works.
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The new app also brings an updated widget that looks a bit nicer than the old one. It does still have the same context-unaware problem that results in odd-looking picture thumbnails. Hey, though! Maybe this one-tap photo thing will make that easier! Well, probably. Maybe. Listed among the new features is the ability to "access photos from posts with 1-click." Nevertheless, I still find it maddeningly difficult to actually get to a photo from my feed. If it was originally shared by someone else, tapping on the photo would take me to my friend's post about it, another tap on the photo would take me to the original post, then a third tap would take me to the photo itself with no obstructions. So, that's still a little weird.
As an added bonus, though not listed on the official release notes, you can now disable Google+ and delete your profile and content. Just head to Settings > About Google+ to find the new button. Be careful before you do, though. It looks like this won't just remove the social network from your phone, but from the Google's servers as well. Make sure you want this.
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    Sid Goswami is a tech enthusiast, besides being an avid Android fan and blogger, Sid wants to be a photographer and a designer. He can usually be found reading through blogs, taking photos. He's a student and a PHP web developer.