Google started rolling out an update for the Google+ client on Android devices today. The bulk of the improvements involve the Photos app with support for Android Beam so images can be shared via NFC, an option to uses Photos as part of Daydream when the screensaver is running, and the ability to pull up photo details from a dropdown menu. This last feature has been well received by many, showing that not all improvements have to be some awesome new function. In addition to the new capabilities added for Photos, Google has fixed a problem with Locations that was causing friends’ current locations to not display properly.
In case you ever wondered why Google rolls out app updates in phases, this latest update is a good example. It seems that in the version that was posted to the Google Play store this morning, some debug code was inadvertently left in that caused the app to check in with Google’s sandbox backend servers instead of their production servers. The sandbox servers were not built to handle the load from all the devices getting the update, which is causing users to get a 502 error. Google has pulled the update for now, but it should reappear soon once the debug code is removed. In the meantime, if you really want to give the new version a try, the APK files are linked below if you are willing to put up with the connection issues.