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Android Community Nightly: December 14th 2012

We've arrive at Friday evening once again, but before we dive into the weekend, here's the big Android news from the day. Today Motorola Atrix HD users received their long-awaited Jelly Bean update, as did Galaxy S III users on Verizon, so overall it was a pretty good day for those craving Jelly Bean. Speaking of Jelly Bean, Acer might be planning a new handset called the V360 running Google's latest version of the Android OS, and today we spotted an absurdly large 8.5-inch phone from Huawei.

Google+ rolling out huge update to its Android app

The Google crew has been rather busy this holiday season, and they are wrapping things up with a nice update to Google+. The update adds all kinds of slick features to its Android application and it definitely a nice little holiday present from the Google+ team. The update is scheduled to hit Google Play later today, and as of this writing, it is still showing the app as last updated on November 14.

Google Zeitgeist 2012 looks at the year in search

We're dangerously close to the end of 2012, which means that it's time for another installment of Google Zeitgeist. Google has taken all of the biggest search terms from the year and compiled them into one big showcase, splitting up terms into categories like athletes, feature films, consumer electronics, and Google+ hashtags. There's also a little Android-flavored Easter egg hidden among the lists for those who don't mind doing a little bit of looking.

Android Community Nightly: December 6th, 2012

We Android fans had a pretty big day today, with some very noteworthy news stories hitting throughout. Apple and Samsung have gone back before Judge Lucy Koh to continue discussions about the trial that ended with a $1 billion fine for Samsung. Meanwhile, we saw a heavily redacted settlement statement from the Apple and HTC patent trial. Today was also a big day for Google, as it and Nik Software launched the Android version of Snapseed on the Google Play Store - an app that we reviewed later on in the day.

Google+ Communities start rolling out – time to join a group

Google announced a lot of information today regarding their popular and growing social network Google+. Stating they have passed over 500 million users and around 235m active users. Pretty impressive numbers to say the least. The other big news was Google+ Communities, which is their answer to Facebook Groups. Below we'll go into a few details as well as let you enjoy the neat little video they've put together.

APK Teardown reveals new features coming to Google Play

It looks like some big changes are coming to Google Play. In an APK Teardown from the folks at Android Police, they discovered some pretty massive changes coming to the service. The first one involves a more heavy implementation of Google+. It looks you will have to have a Google+ account in order to leave app reviews on Google Play. This means when you leave a review, your name and photo will probably appear next to the review. It also looks like some tweaks are coming to the way you share apps, probably in form of sharing your reviews with Google+ circles.

Google Plus now allows for one-click Android app installs

If you're the type of person who likes to recommend apps to friends, then pay attention to this next bit of news. Google has added a new feature to Google+ that allows for one-click Android app installs right there in the feed. This means that you can suggest an app to your Google+ friends and they'll be able to download it from right from your post without ever having to go to the Google Play Store.
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