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Google+ rolls out API updates for businesses and Android phones

15 Aug 2013
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Google has revealed a host of updates to its Google+ social networking platform to help businesses carry out automated tasks.

The new Domains API allows Google Apps customers to integrate Google+ into their existing business processes, and also now allows enterprise software vendors to access Google+ from within their products.

The API is intended to improve collaboration between employees by assigning users to specific domains, with posts created within those domains made automatically private so only other colleagues can read them. Users can automatically be added to specific domain Circles, meaning teams working particular projects together do not need to set up their own groups manually.

In addition to this API change, the Google+ app for Android has also received an update with users now able to set up multiple accounts from within the app itself, eliminating the need to sign in and out of business and personal accounts.

Google Plus for Android now allows for multiple accounts

This is the latest in a line of updates to Google's consumer products to make them more useful to enterprises. Earlier this year, Google announced that it would be bringing its augmented reality headwear Glass to business customers, saying that it was examining ways to bring business developers into its Explorer hardware testing programme.

Earlier in August, Google's business suite Apps released an update to allow IT managers to keep a closer eye on their security, enabling email alerts to be sent when suspicious logins are detected.

Google is planning to release further API updates for Apps and Google+ later this year, which include the Directory API and the Reports API, first previewed at Google I/O.

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Michael Passingham joined V3 as a reporter in June 2013. Prior to working at V3, Michael spent time at computing magazine PC Pro. Michael covers IT skills, social media, tech startups and also produces V3's video content.

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