Google has rolled out newer updates to a couple of its Android apps including Google+, Google Goggles and Google Maps. While Google Maps is primarily a bugfix release, Google+ and Google Goggles has got some new features.
Google+: Google+ Android app now has search functionalities along with the ability to +1 photos and comments. You can see if your friends are online or start a new conversation by entering a phone number. This update brings along support for high resolution photo uploads and allows links to posts or profiles to open inside the app itself. Also, the Instant upload feature now supports videos as well i.e. you can now opt in for Instant video uploads which will upload your video onto Google+ as soon as you take it.
Google Goggles: Google stated that the latest version of Google Goggles i.e. Google Goggles 1.7 is aimed at making the app’s visual search experience faster and provide better results. It brings along many new features like continuous mode, improved text recognition and contributed results. Continuous mode allows you to get instant results without the need of taking a picture, by scanning the scene continuously. However the company notes that this mode doesn’t currently allow translating text or adding contacts. Further, these images will also not show up in your Goggles Search History.
The app can also recognize text in any document and return a link to its online version, which can come in handy if you are reading any newspaper or magazine and want to share any specific portion of it. Apart from that, the app has also started integrating user suggested results in the search results page.
The Android Market links of all the three Android apps as follows:
-> Google Maps
Android Market Changes: Apart from releasing updates to its Android apps, Google also seems to have made some cosmetic changes to Android Market by integrating the handset model and version of the app next to a reviewer’s name whenever they leave a comment or review any app, as noted by The Next Web. While this feature may not be that significant from an user point of view, except for the fact that you can probably check on how the app performs on your phone and suitably make a decision to buy it or not, it could greatly benefit the app developers in pinpointing into what devices and what Android version is causing the issue instantly, so that they could improve the app on that specific Android version or the handset.