Google has been on a roll since their I/O and one of the biggest features across their platforms has been updated notifications, well with the newest update coming to Google+ we’re getting closer to the promised land of synchronized notifications.

Starting today, Google+ notifications are much easier to use across mobile and desktop. In particular:

– When you read a notification on one device, we’ll mark it as read on your other devices
– Likewise: dismissing a notification (with a swipe or a click) does so everywhere, so you can say goodbye to annoying repeats

We’ve also updated the look and feel of Google+ notifications, including:

– A new bell icon (in the Google Bar, and in the mobile apps) that lets you know if anything’s waiting for you
– An updated notifications tray that separates unread from previously-read items

We’re rolling out these notifications improvements gradually — first on Android and the web, then on iOS. In the meantime, we’re also releasing a new Android app that incorporates a lot of your feedback. For example:

– You can now delete your photos from the Photos view
– Tapping into a post shows the number of +1’s, comments and reshares
– The left-hand menu design is now more consistent with other Google apps

Visit Google Play for the Android update (v4.01,, look for the new notifications icon over the next few days!


Vic Gundotra