Google+ for Android update ditches messenger, makes it easier to switch between accounts


Google+ for Android has just gotten a pretty nice upgrade in the Google Play Store. First thing’s first — Messenger has finally been laid to rest. For good. It’s Hangouts now, and as Google’s Vic Gundotra put it, it’s “sticking around.”

Another big change in today’s update is the ability to switch between different accounts much easier. No longer will you have to sign out then sign back in. Instead, it’ll be similar to switching between accounts in Gmail, where you select the account in the sliding drawer or the drop down menu and get switched instantly. Pages you manage will also be in this menu.

To round things out, Google Apps for Business features are fully supported, you can access your Google Drive photos and videos from within Google+, and you are given more fine controls for location sharing (you can set it to pinpoint or city level, and you can change these settings for each individual circle).

Google says the app is rolling out in the Google Play Store over the next couple of days, so don’t have a fit if you can’t access the upgrade right away. When it is available for you, you can find your download over at the Google Play Store.

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  • toomuchgame441

    One thing I don’t like about Hangouts is that it appears that everyone doesn’t have it. This is especially annoying for folks I want to Message directly from Google+ but they maybe don’t have Hangouts also downloaded. At least if w/ the old system if they had Google+, the messenger was already included. But Hangouts itself is awesome… just wished it was forced upon folks, lol…

    • CerealFTW

      yeah and my friends won’t download hangouts. but they’ll use gtalk because its preinstalled

      • ziplock9000

        It’s only pre-installed on old phones.. Hangouts will be pre-installed too with newer ones.

  • blest

    Anyone have a link?

  • iwave

    It’s Hangouts now. Until next week, when it’s all change again.

  • Eric Bright

    Can someone help me? My Hangouts is no longer working after upgrading to Android 4.3. It requested me to verify my phone number but fails to do so every now and then. You can send me a message now and I will receive it after days.

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  • dhinged

    Hangouts sucks. It’s cumbersome, overbearing, and wonky. Totally unnecessary step in the wrong direction.

  • lucha