To sign up with Google+ users will need an invitation, however Google has already exceeded capacity and will only allow users to show interest for now. Once users have signed up, they’ll also be able to access Google social networks via a dedicated Android phone application.
Google Circles is the primary focus of the big announcement and heralds Google’s most successful attempt at social networking so far. It looks a lot like Facebook, but it is designed to make it easy to share information with just the right combination of friends. Here’s a video showing Google Circles in action.
Hangouts are an attempt to make online video chats more serendipitous. Users let their circles know that they’re free to hangout and people can drop into the chat as they’re available. It’s a lot like hanging out in real life.
Live photo updates allow users to choose to automatically put photos taken on their phone into private storage in the cloud as they’re taken. This makes it far easier for users to share them from other devices later.
Google has also integrated location features in an effort to make interactions via phones lead to more meaningful real-life interactions. In essence, sharing location information means that friends will know if someone is nearby or in other noteworthy locations. Google have also taken precautions to ensure privacy is protected and users can choose whether to share location data.
Huddle allows users to put together an instant group for messaging, meaning everyone is informed of updates at the same time.
Sparks is an easy way to keep track of tags that interest you, and is integrated into Google Circles so that users find it easy to share interesting things they find online. Take a look at this video of Google Sparks in action.
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Source: Google System Blog