Mobile

Google+ Android app revamped with Ice Cream Sandwich in mind

Google has released a revamped version of its Google+ app for Android with design cues taken from the latest much-hyped release of Android.

“We worked closely with the Android team as they developed Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), so you’ll see the same attention to beauty and simplicity in our new design,” Google Product Manager Ben Eidelson wrote on Google+.

The upstart Google+ social network has a long road ahead of itself if it wants to seriously challenge the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Owning mobile through inventive, strong apps is one key to this process because the line between mobile and social is increasingly blurred. Google also recently boosted the network’s reach by giving Google Apps customers access.

Google+’s new Android app features an overhauled interface that’s smoother than before and actually looks a little more like the iOS Google+ version now. Google claims the app has fixed several bugs and improves battery life, navigation and notifications. You can also sign out of the app for the first time and save time by adding people to a circle from a circle profile.

The new Google+ app runs on any Android phone with the Froyo version of Android or higher.

Take a look at the Google-provided gallery below for a closer look at the new app:

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