Major Google+ updates

Google+ Hangouts is now available on Android phones via an update today. You can also broadcast Hangouts sessions to the world via a new On Air feature, and collaborate with others during Hangouts by sharing your screen and working together on Google Docs or Sketchpad. Google is also renaming its Huddles group chat feature on mobile devices to Messenger (yes, that sounds familiar).

Notably, Google+ is also opening up for anyone to join today without the need for an invite. The move comes after Google+ has been in field testing for 90 days. Google says it has added over 91 features to Google+ during its field test, and with its announcements today that number has jumped to 107 new features.

Google has also finally added search capabilities to Google+. Typing in queries to the Google+ search box will get you relevant people and posts from within the social network, as well as popular content from around the net. “If you’re into photography, for example, then you’ll see other enthusiasts and lots of great pictures,” writes Google’s head of social Vic Gundotra. “… In all cases, Google+ search results include items that only you can see, so family updates are just as easy to find as international news.”

Sweet! Now, where’s my Circles API?!

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