Despite Google+ being available for over 90 days now, it was nothing more than a field trial. As of today it has hit beta, and with that 9 new features worth mentioning. First off is searching for users and posts (finally). Next is open signups for everyone, turning Google+ into a beta, so now you can actually get on it if you hadnt been invited. Next is video Hangouts for mobile devices starting with an update to their Android app and an iOS app update coming soon. Another feature is to make a public broadcast that anyone can see, with up to nine different users as part of your public broadcast, however this feature may be restricted to famous users or corporations.
Also added to hangouts is Screensharing (show whatever is on your screen with people in your Hangout), Sketchpad (for doodling with people, or showing friends your doodles) Google Doc (obviously for serious stuff), and Named Hangouts, for when you can organize certain Hangouts about certain subjects, for example.
And this all comes two days before Facebook’s f8 conference. War, my friends, is commencing.
Via: Google Blog