Google updates Google+ app for Android focusing on photos, but has to temporarily halt rollout


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.

source: Android Police (APK mirror 1, mirror 2, mirror 3)

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • lol n1.

    BTW, I received the update, and it really is awesome :)