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Google+ Android app updated to provide 'highly requested' new functions

The Google+ Android app is getting an update this week with a number of "highly requested improvements," Google has announced.

Most notably, the web giant is pulling Messenger from the app, in favour of Hangouts, which provides messaging and video call features across Android, iOS, and the web, Google software engineer Virgil Dobjanschi wrote in a post.

You'll now be able to download all your Messenger conversations, including text and photos, from Google Takeout. Messenger will also be exiting the Google+ iOS app at some point.

Meanwhile, the new Android app also lets you switch between multiple Google+ accounts more easily. You can now switch accounts "with a couple of taps," instead of having to sign out and sign back in again.

On the photo front, if you're storing pictures or videos in Google Drive, you can now view and share them right from Google+ via the Android app and on the web.

The update also brings more controls over location sharing, letting you share your pinpoint location with others on a Circle-by-Circle basis.

"For example: you can share your pinpoint location with family, and your city-level location with co-workers," Dobjanschi explained. "You can also use Circles to filter who appears on your 'Locations' map."

Finally, the latest version now fully supports Google Apps for Business features. If your Apps admin has enabled Google+, you'll now be able to share content publicly, with your Circles, and/or with just the people in your organisation. The app will also quickly tell you whether someone's profile is part of your Apps domain.