Google Updates Android and iOS Apps With Photo Filters

Posted Mar 25, 2013

Google announced today that they are releasing a new version of the Google+ app for the iPhone and Android.  The update focuses on four key areas: photos, posts, profiles, and communities.  Below are some additional details about the new features:

Photo Filters / Editing

Google+ utilized their acquisition of Snapseed to integrate photo enhancements to the Google+ iPhone app.  The app lets you do basic photo editing like rotating and cropping along with the ability to add filters like “Drama” and “Retrolux.”  The saturation, contrast, and brightness can be adjusted in the app.  A single tap will let you compare your edited photo with the original.


In the Android update of the phone, posts have been enhanced.  Now more text will be seen up-front including from the original message and from comments.  When tapping on videos, photos, or link attachments, you will be taken directly to a watch page, lightbox, or a website.  The ability to +1, reshare, or comment on posts will be displayed more prominently on each post.


Google+ has allowed users to list where they have lived, but now you can display your current location on your Google+ profile.  If you do not want to share your location, you can opt out.


Google+ has added the ability to adjust the volume of community posts in your Home stream.  You can also invite people to a community or reshare items with a community.

You can download the apps on Google Play (v3.6) and the Apple App Store (v4.3).