Google+ launches mobile app for iPhone

Emily Carlisle

July 20, 2011

With an estimated 18 million users already, Google+ is gaining fast in both pace and popularity.

Almost as soon as Google’s ground-breaking social network was up and running the internet giant had launched a mobile app for Android users, but it’s taken a month for Apple users to get in on the action.

The Google+ iPhone app launched this week and is available as a free download from iTunes’ app store.

Like its Android version, Google+ for iPhone allows you to catch up on what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking into, but lacks one crucial functionality – Instant Upload.

This is a neat feature which copies your private photo and video albums to the cloud, meaning you can access and share them from wherever you are.

For the time being it’s reserved for Android users but Google+ hopes to make it available for iPhone users soon.

Google+ for iPhone features:

Circles – let you share selected updates with different circles of friends.
Stream – read updates from others
Huddle – fast messaging functionality with anyone in your circles
Photo upload (but not Instant Upload)
Notifications – without launching the app

The app isn’t yet available for the iPod or iPad, and perhaps surprisingly Google hasn’t yet launched a version compatible with its very own Honeycomb tablet operating system.

If you’re at the cutting edge of mobile technology you might be out of luck too, as the app won’t yet work with iOS 5.

If you were quick off the mark when the app launched, and you’re having problems with it crashing, make sure you’ve got the latest version.

Google released an update within hours of the launch, addressing a number of problems with the app.

Despite these initial bugs, the app is clear and streamlined, and significantly better than accessing Safari’s mobile web version – up till now the iPhone user’s only option.

There’s no news on whether Google are planning to add Hangouts (Google+’s video chat option) to their mobile app, but making use of the iPhone’s Facetime functionality in this way would be a big draw.


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