Among them: the ability to instantly upload large photos from Android devices; on-the-go photo editing; improved event planning functionalities; inline, streaming photo albums on the Google+ iOS app;Â and a more democratic Hangouts experience.
"Today, weâ€™re making it possible to connect with friends even in parts of the world with extremely low bandwidth," Google's Dave BesbrisÂ wrote in a blog post. "Once enabled, you'll only need about 150 KB of bandwidth to be in a hangout."Â
The iOS and Android versions of the new Google+ app will go live later this month, Besbris said.Â
In related news, Google recently announced that 500 million people have signed up for Google+, and that 235 million of those users are "active." On the Google blog, the company called Google+Â "the fastest-growing network thingy ever."Â
"In fact," he writes, the figure "includes anybody who +1â€²s an app in Google Play, who uses Hangouts in Gmail, or who connects with their friends in search. Around 135m are active in the Google+ stream itself, still an impressive number."
By comparison, Facebook has over a billion users.Â