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Google+ Android app update fixes notification problems, refines sharing

August 2, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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The Google+ Android app has been updated with some much-needed enhancements, the biggest of which is an improved notification system.

Over the past week, I’ve seen several people complaining that their Notifications in G+ had suddenly stopped working. I tried to help them double-check that auto-sync was enabled, but it turns out that notifications weren’t being delivered because of problems with the Google+ app. Version 1.0.5. fixes that problem by offering “Improved notification reliability.”

Google also improved the way that the Notifications feature within Google+ handles circle updates. The app previously listed a separate alert each time an individual added someone to a Circle, but now it organizes such notifications in bulk. This has been a major complaint from G+ users who wanted the Android app to behave more like the way the website handles similar alerts.

Other improvements were small but welcome refinements, including:

  • Share stream posts to individual people
  • Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile
  • +mentions now autofill from your Circles
  • Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated
  • Nearby accuracy (location of nearby G+ users refined to smaller area)
  • Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
  • Hide 1:1 huddles (you’re no longer stuck seeing Huddles that you tried to leave)
  • Clickable links in huddles (much better for sharing now)
  • Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle

Google has made it clear that Google+ will rapidly update as it continues to receive feedback during the field test. In fact, all of today’s improvements are features that I have seen people complain about before, so the company is obviously paying attention.There are probably major changes coming soon, and I look forward to seeing how that affects the mobile app.

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