Google's social network gets even better
Google+ PWA is a free program for Pwa that lets you access your Google+ account on the go from your phone.
Google+ hasn't been much of a hit with its web version but this free program for Pwa might just make it useful enough for people to actually start using.
The features that make Google+ great are still here. Circles makes managing your friends and news feed a breeze. Circles also makes Google+'s privacy settings more transparent, as you can see specifically who you are sharing with. Hangouts and messenger are still here as well but have received some improvements.
The new news feed has been completely redesigned with a more visual approach. Stories and status updates are presented with large pictures, and scrolling down the feed will trigger a slick falling animation for new stories. There is definitely an emphasis on pictures, with text being overlaid on top.
You can still access your profile and pictures. If enabled, pictures can be automatically uploaded to Google+ but won't be shared unless you specify not to. This is great for backing up pictures automatically from your mobile. You can then go back to your photos and share them easily since they are already on Google's servers.
Messenger is still a killer feature and has received an update where users can download photos in the message stream. Messenger in Google+ makes group chatting a viable texting replacement, much like Facebook Messenger.
Another update to Google+ is the ability to start a hangout from the Pwa. In the past, users could only join hangouts. Adding people to a hangout is easy, and its video calling interface makes it a great alternative to Skype.
In the most recent update to Google+, Google feature quick access to photos, check ins, sharing links, and status updates in a bar at the bottom. Google really wants users to share photos using Google+ and has made tagging, sharing, and checking in much more streamlined.
Google+ serves as a way to consume news, message friends, video call and automatically back up your photos.