Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.
We’ve waited, we’ve watched and now we get it. Thanks to a tip from Macstories, we know that Google+ for iOS has been approved and it’s now available in the App Store. We’ll be doing a full review very soon, but for now get downloading and here’s what we see:
Google’s Google+ for iPhone app should be landing in the App Store within the next 2 weeks according to the big G, after confirming that it has submitted the app to Apple for approval.
The new app, which only works for those who have access to the new closed beta service, promises to give Google+ users the chance to catch up on their new found friends and the social network from a dedicated app rather than just the mobile website currently available.
When Google+ launched this week, Google also released an application for Android devices. iOS devices have to make do with the browser version for now. Is it any good?
The Android app has one major leg-up on the iPhone, however: It allows users to shoot and upload images directly from the application. With iOS, there doesn't appear to be a way to upload images directly from the handset.
The other major advantage the Android app has over iOS is that it works with the Huddle. Huddle is the group messaging tool that is meant to help small groups coordinate with one another.
Right now, we are in the middle of the smartphone boom. Apple, Google and other mobile operating system vendors have provided the foundations for developers to launch innovative services that add extra functionality to powerful new mobile phones.
In just six days, the Google+ app already has an average rating of 4.4, with 6478 users rating it the full five stars. If Google stands any chance of denting Facebook’s dominance, it has to account for the majority of mobile users. By releasing a web-app, an Android app and a dedicated app for the iPhone, it gives itself a good shot at converting casual searchers but also providing enough of a presence to go up against Facebook.
For now, Android users have the best shot of enjoying a satisfactory mobile Google+ experience. That's because, so far there are no Google+ native smartphone apps for platforms other than Android. Google says the iPhone app is coming soon, and others are probably in the works.
Given the number of apps Google's made available for smartphones, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that it's taken its suite of social networking services direct to the mobile world as well. As soon as Google+ was officially announced, an app was ready for download in the Android Market and a web app became available for Safari for iOS (with its full offering to the App Store coming soon).
Google Plus’ cool factor may or may not wow the typical user, but what about rolling it into the enterprise along with other Google services, specifically applied in unified communications? - Contact management, enhanced? Check (Google Plus’ Circles feature). - Email management? Check (Gmail). - Document management? Check (Google Docs). - Voice (over IP) communications? Check (Google Voice). - Instant messenging? Check (Gtalk). - Videoconferencing, even with a group? Check (Google Plus’ Hangouts feature). - Mobile chat? Check (Google Plus’ Huddle feature).
Better yet, all of these products from Google are free or cost significantly less than getting your own servers.
Facebook may feel threatened by Google Plus, but what about all these UC vendors, especially those that are going after the burgeoning SMB market
Google+. It has a legitimate chance to be really good. But like any other budding social network, a good app is a requirement. Google+ for Android looks to combine features I use from other apps into one single portal. Awesome.
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. With your permission, Instant Upload automatically puts the photos and videos you take into a private album in the cloud, so you can share them anytime, from anywhere. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.
Three weeks after the public coming-out of Google's new social networking initiative, Google+, Apple has finally approved the native Google+ app for iOS devices. The free app is only compatible with iPhones though—not only is the Google+ app not configured for iPad screens, we're already hearing reports from readers that it straight up won't load on the iPad, nor will it load on the iPod touch.
Google has just released the official Google+ app for iPhone on the App Store. The app is free and available here, and at the moment of writing this Google hasn’t updated its Mobile webpage to showcase the new app yet. The Google+ iOS app provides a native interface to access much of the functionalities of the website, such as the Huddle group messaging feature — which was previously exclusive to Android devices prior to the app’s approval. The dashboard of the Google+ presents a grid of icons to access the Stream, Huddle, Photos, your Profile and Circles, as well as a Notification tab at the bottom that will open a vertical list of all your incoming notifications.
Android users were the first to receive a full fledged native app for the new social network and based on initial reviews, we have a winner on our hands. Here are five killer features that the native Google Plus Android app offers and are sure to make an appearance on the iOS app as well:
1: Instant Uploads 2: Unlimited Photo and Video Storage 3: Notifications 4: Huddle 5: Nearby
Access to our social networks drives the use of our mobile devices. Google+ taps into this need on a basic level, providing Android users a reason to pick up and use their devices even more. This is what the platform needed, an aggressive play by its creator to give its users something to gloat about. A way to justify their love of the platform and the feeling of support that has, up to this point, been lacking from Android’s creators.
With Google+, Google is casting a spell of longevity and relevance on its mobile platform in a way that no amount of cheap hardware sales could ever do.
Because Google+ is also available on the iPhone you may be tempted to downplay the significance of the app for the Android ecosystem. But, in fact, Google+ was created to inherently take advantage of the more open architecture the Android platform offers. Google will be able to do things with the app on its platform that would never happen on iOS.
Google has released a minor update to the Google Plus app. “Minor,” however, is a relative term, since the update resolves one major source of annoyance that has plagued the earlier version of the app: login issues for users having multiple GMail accounts. The bug fix, it seems, is the only “big” thing about the recent update, which also puts a new profile icon on the menu screen and some minor refinements to the user interface.
There's a lot to like about Google Plus, the new social network from everyone's favorite search engine: the design, the thoughtfully created and easy-to-use privacy settings (Circles), the built in mobile chatting (Huddles) and video chatting (Hangouts) features, the smart news reader (Sparks), and more. But if Google Plus had one "killer" feature, it would definitely be the instant photo uploads from Android.
Why is this? Because it's the one feature that will actually encourage adoption.
Google+ wraps social around search and mobile, both areas where the web giant dominates -- and with control over who you share what with. Search + mobile = leverage.
Google is the center of search. There's nothing to push anywhere. Google can, and apparently is, wrapping social features around search. Google is laying the foundation, preparing the framework, for this to happen. Perhaps you noticed the dark strip running atop of the Google search page, which was new to me yesterday. That's in preparation for the + service, as is Google +1, which debuted at the end of March.
Search and + tied to Google search and Android phones give Google the potential to amass a social community extended to its other products and services: Apps (for creating and sharing documents); Chrome (for which new version releases every couple months); Gmail for messaging anywhere (rather than the confines of Facebook's website); Wallet for making purchases; Web Apps (for playing games and other fun stuff); among many others.
While the Google+ Android app was there ready to go on day one, the iPhone app remains in review with Apple. But fear not iPhone users, there is a little hidden gem you may not know about: a mobile web version of Google+ that works great in Safari.
If you simply point your iOS Safari browser to plus.google.com, you’ll find a solid web app written in HTML5. You can’t do quite everything you’ll be able to with the native app, such as Huddle (group chat). But it the main parts of the Google+ functionality are there. Stream, Photos, Circles, Profile, and Notifications appear in the main menu.