Google+ is a ghost town no more, at least for those who claimed it to be. Today, Google has announced that its sleek and beautifully-designed social networking service, Google+, has more than 500 millions users, with 235 million of them actively using the service – i.e. +1’ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, connecting with friends in Search, and more. Google adds that about 135 million of its Google+ users are actively using the stream.


The company is also announcing two new additions to the service, namely, Google+ Communities and Snapseed. Basically, Google+ Communities is a “place for passions.” It includes public or private membership to support all kinds of groups, discussion categories, the option to start hangouts with community members, and the capability to share on communities via the +1 button across the web.

The second addition is Snapseed for Android, which is basically a product of Nik Software, now owned by Google. Touted as the iPad App of the Year 2011, Snapseed allows Android users to make basic adjustments on photos such as crop, tune, and straighten. Users can also enjoy creative filters, the ability to share creations via Google+ and other services, and Google’s Control Point technology that selectively enhances photos. You can get Snapseed for Android here.

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