google plus

It’s apparently “update all the applications” day over at Google today. Google+, Google Maps, and Google Goggles have all received an update of some form or another.


The Google+ application has been updated today, bringing several new feature enhancements and the standard stability improvements and bugfixes. The full changelist is as follows:


  1. Search
  2. +1 photos
  3. +1 comments
  4. High resolution photo upload support
  5. See if someone’s online and currently typing in Messenger conversations
  6. Start Messenger conversations by just entering a phone number
  7. Links to posts or profiles can now open inside of the app
  8. Instant Upload supports videos again
  9. Several stability improvements and bug fixes

Arguably the biggest improvements are the added ability to “+1” photos and individual comments, two features previously only available in the browser version of the Google+ application. It was beyond frustrating wanting to “+1” a picture or someone’s comment and having to launch a browser when I was around a computer to do so.

Messenger also received a few cool new options, making it more like Google Talk. Within the Messenger section of Google+, you can now see if people are online and whether they are currently typing in your conversation. You can also start a new Messenger conversation by simply adding the recipient’s phone number.

If you haven’t already (or set your market to auto-update), you should probably head over to the market and update your Google+ application.

Google Goggles

Google Goggles also received a fairly significant update to add some pretty cool new features. The changes:

  1. Continuous Mode allows you to use Goggles without pressing the shutter button
  2. Goggles can recognize text in a document and return a link to its online version. Try it on your favorite newspaper!
  3. You can help Goggles recognize more objects. Tap on ‘Do you have a better suggestion’ in the Goggles results page.
  4. Google Goggles will now show user submitted results in the search results page.

The coolest one of these additions in my opinion is the ability to scan a newspaper article to receive a link to the online version of that story. The other features are pretty cool too.

Google Maps

Google Maps received a very minor update, bringing bugfixes and performance enhancements to several devices.

Final Thoughts

There you have it; Google has provided updates to three of its applications, two of which have pretty significant improvements and enhancements. Head over to the market and give these apps an update.

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