The Google+ app is getting a "brand new version" on Android

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Oh yeah, also spam comments-a.k.a. the plague of Google's social network-are apparently being more seriously addressed in this update.

It seems like the giant, Google is testing out a new Google Photos update which will soon show you the shared photos as a preview on your smartphone within the notification panel. The updated app is said to look very similar to the current one, but that it's also "the culmination of a complete rewrite of many core features using Google's latest Android app infrastructure which will allow our Android team to build new features on a modern tech stack".

For the past year, Google has been pumping out lightweight versions of its most popular apps designed specifically for low-priced smartphones. The AR mode was available only for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users, but now any Google has released the app for all Android users.

Sources indicate Google has a developer API for App Preview Messaging in the preview stage and that the company is in the process of opening up an early access program for select partners. This is how this feature will work.


Duo recently added support for this, too, so you could receive and answer a video call from a contact even if you've never heard of the app. If you have already installed the Google Photos app on your device, you could make changes to the app by customising it by visiting the Settings menu.

Tap "Got it" and you'll then see the sharing preview as a popup window (below, left). Google is able to do it by taking advantage of gyroscopes and accelerometers in a smartphone.

We tried the app on a Pixel XL running Android 8.0 Oreo, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1 Nougat, and also on a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and it works like a charm. Most of the Android devices have this Google Photos app installed and people around the world are using this service.

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