The Google team announces 18 new features for Google+, many of which are optimized for the Android experience.

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Google today announced a slew of new features for Google+ which encompass the standard PC experiences as well as Android. The updated Android app will see a number of great additions and enhancements, including on-the-go profile editing, an easier way to author content, and a subtle notice when there’s new stuff to read. What’s more, you can also subscribe to mobile notifications from your favorite circles and interact with Google+ Communities on your phone or tablet.

The photo experience gets even better, especially for mobile users as Android now offerings full-size backups of your photos (up to 5GB free). Of course you still gets your unlimited standard-size images for free just so long as they are under 2048px.

Have an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean device?  Guess what?  You can now see and add photo spheres to the mobile stream. Android 2.2+ devices can, however, still view them.

In a final bit of awesome, the Google+ Android app also handles moods,  animated GIFs, birthday reminders in Google Now, and a lock screen widget.

 

Keep an eye on your notification bar for the Google+ update. The v3.3 app should go live later today, December 14.

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