Google+ for Android update brings search and notification improvements, holiday cheer

Following last month's update to enhance locations and photos, the folks in Mountain View are rolling out version 4.2.4 of Google+ for Android today. Added features this time around include the ability to search everything from the same box and content browsing by category from the What's Hot stream. Notifications get a tweak as well, allowing users to control who's able to buzz them immediately by adjusting "Who can notify me" in the settings menu. Finally, to show you're in the proper seasonal spirit, shaking your device now adds animated snow to an open photo via Auto Awesome. A second shake will save the image for posterity. The updated software is making its way to Google Play "gradually," so check back later if it's not snowing... er, showing up just yet.