Users of Google’s new social network Google+ are waking up today to an update to Google’s Android application. Version 1.0.5 of Google+ was released last night, and brings a host of bugfixes and much needed improvements to the notification system.
The full change list is as follows:
- Improved notifications reliability
- “___ added you to Google+” notifications shown in bulk
- Share stream posts to individual people (search people & contacts)
- Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile
- Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated
- Nearby accuracy & refresh improvements
- Start a one-on-one huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
- Hide one-on-one huddles
- Clickable links in huddles
- Confirmation text when leaving a huddle (“Are you sure you want to leave?”)
- Improved autocomplete (people/contacts) when adding a person to a huddle
- Reshared posts show correct profile photo
The biggest enhancements are the top two on the above list. Notifications for Google+ will now be much more reliable. In the past, several users have complained of not receiving any Google+ notifications unless they manually launched the application. Others reported receiving notifications in the notification bar, but very infrequently and often would see the same notifications they already dismissed on PC show up as new in the application.
Another frequent gripe has been that when individuals add you to their circles on Google+, the Android application would show each instance as a separate notification. The browser-based version of Google+ had solved this problem by lumping all new circle additions to a single notification, and today’s update brings this functionality to the Android application.
Going down the list, it appears Google has fixed several of the things that were bugging Android Google+ users in the 1.0.5 update, and we highly encourage you to head over to the market and update the application if you haven’t already done so.
Are there still other things you want to see improved in the Android application that is not addressed in the 1.0.5 update? Sound off in the comments.