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Google+ ditches Messenger for Hangouts and adds new features

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday August 14, 2013.

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Google+ for Android will update today to predictably put an end to the Messenger app and debut a few other features that users have been waiting to see since Google I/O in May. Messenger suffers the same fate as Google Talk and is removed because of Hangouts, the audio, video, and text messaging client Google created to unify its many communication apps. The icon will be removed from Android app drawers because it is now redundant in the wake of Hangouts already having its own dedicated shortcut.

Android users will notice that using the app with different accounts is much easier beginning today. For starters, Google Apps users will finally be able to use their Apps domain account if their company's administrator has enabled the privilege. All users will see that it is now easier to switch between accounts and pages thanks to a new profile view available within the app.

Google+ for Android adds more controls for location sharing based on circles. Users can choose to share their exact location with a Family circle but limit their location to city-level for Friends. The app also includes an easy way to post photos and videos stored on Google Drive. The photos are automatically enhanced for color, contrast, and other attributes as seen in previous Google+ updates.

The updated Google+ app in Google Play will begin appearing for Android users over the next few days. There's no word on when these features will appear on the Google+ iOS app.

source: Virgil Dobjanschi (Google+)

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