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Google+ for iPhone finally approved

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Google+ for iPhone finally approved
We just had the Google+ mobile site updated for compatibility with IE on Windows Phone 7, and now the iPhone app has finally made it through Apple's approval process. The app has the features that you would expect from an iPhone app, but only has a couple features that separate it from the mobile version and more bugs than you may want. 

Google+ for iPhone finally approved
Google+ for iPhone is almost identical to the Android app in appearance with only a couple of differences to the Circles page being the biggest UI differences. The app gives you easy access to your Stream and Circles for easy sharing and viewing of posts; Photos to see other's posts or access your photo posts and Picasa albums; and, Huddle for your group messaging needs. The app also features Push Notifications and the ability to take photos with the app and easily upload them for sharing. 

Unfortunately, those last two features are the only thing that really sets this app apart from the mobile version that you have been able to access through your browser. In addition, early reports say the app is buggy and will often hang for 5-10 seconds or crash completely on iOS4 and on iOS5 the instability is even worse. Top that off with the fact that the Google+ app does not work on iPod Touch or iPads. This is strictly iPhone only. And, this is also US only for now as well, the app will not be in international App Stores. 

Google+ for iPhone finally approved
Aside from those issues, the app is does still feature similar limitations to the Android version in that you can't reshare posts, like comments, see who liked things, access people's profiles with a +mention, and depending on your engagement level, notifications can become overwhelming. 

We weren't expecting an app on par with Android, especially given the auto-upload of photos and video available in Android, but the overall bugginess of the iPhone app is disappointing. If you really want Push Notifications and easier photo sharing, definitely grab the app, otherwise, you might want to stick with the mobile website until the app is updated. Although, with the approval process on iOS that could be a while.

Of course, Google+ is still invite only. But, if you'd like an invite just leave your e-mail in the comments and we'll send you an invite (or one of our other friendly readers can help out.)

*Update* Google+ lead product manager, Punit Soni has said that the original version of the app that Apple had posted did not include a number of bug fixes. If you installed the app within the first couple hours it was up, you should remove the app and reinstall to get the newer version with the bug fixes.

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posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:09

1. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


It's by invitation only.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:19

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


would you like one?

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 06:51

33. cam (unregistered)


Yes please! :)

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:35

35. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


send an email to protozeloz2@yahoo.com

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:44

41. cam (unregistered)


I've just emailed you.

Thanks so much! :)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:47 3

3. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


+ is very weak, it will have a hard time taking over facebook. The android app is useless. The only thing it has going for it is, if you are in gmail, it is one click to +.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:59 1

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well Google plus is beta service and its 'closed to the public' and i have to say they are doing quite well with 10M users on the closed invite only system even tho they cant compare to the number of accounts on Facebook its quite an achievement anyways

http://www.droid-life.com/2011/07/14/android-acitvations-top-550000-per-day-google-over-10-million-members/

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 16:16 1

16. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


and i have 2 accounts. it is in beta but it is very weak and hard to use. Also, it will be even more invasive into your email if you use gmail.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 16:39

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I used Gmail, I just turned my notifications on gmail and it does not bug me at all, haven't tried the video chat feature I have to say Google talk is much better than Facebook chat, and editing my post or making longer post was something i was begging on Facebook. maybe you are having trouble with the concept and some things? also I have the list of bugs features and issues that are either fixed and going to be rolled out soon or are on the list to be fixed maybe something you are experiencing is on it too

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:02 1

25. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"Google Talk is better than Facebook chat"

Sign language between two blind men would be better than Facebook chat.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 14:01

5. sweetlou (unregistered)


I wanna try it out, but need an invite. Can anyone hook me up?

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 14:06

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


give me your email and I'll send you one

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 14:54

11. sweetlou (unregistered)


sweetlou122 (at) hotmail (dot) com

thanks

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 15:04

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


don't know how it will work on Hotmail but check I've sent you and invite

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 15:00

12. pretzle (unregistered)


hey @protozeloz how can i send you my email for that invite...without the whole net seeing?? thanx

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 15:15

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


send an email to protozeloz2@yahoo.com with the address you want me to send the invite to and ill gladly send you one

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 20:34

20. rfrapp (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


would you mind sending me an invite as well?

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 20:50

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sure can do

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:27

40. Unreg (unregistered)


jackman510 (at) gmail (dot) com

thanks.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 14:17

8. kschach (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Please shoot me an invite. The idea of circles seems very clever and i'd expect facebook to try to match it asap.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 14:20 1

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, why would anyone bother going on with Google+? It's a cheap knockoff of Facebook.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 15:47 5

15. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Before ever posting a comment again, please think this thought, "Will people thumbs down this comment if I post it?"

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 20:58

23. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Since when have I cared about my comments getting thumbs down? It just means I'm right and that people are butthurt.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 00:02 1

31. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


its called "thinking before you act/speak". does that help you understand better?
and no, being thumbed down (usually) means you aren't right.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 14:41

10. cparker (unregistered)


Can't wait till it comes out!!!!

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 19:18

18. Pol (unregistered)


The app doesn't install without GPS :-(

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 19:38

19. lukaspty (unregistered)


Please can invite me please lucasmurillo05@gmail.com

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 20:49

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Done :D

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:05

26. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hey Proto, I'm already on Plus. But if you want to add me as a friend I'm thelastholdout@gmail.com.

Yeah, that's right. No fear. I posted my phone number in a Facebook group once.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 22:29

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sure :D any interest so I know what circles to put you on?

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:01

24. franknj (unregistered)


Hi everyone can someone please be kind and please send me an invite my email address is francisco.ortiz75@gmail.com

Thank you and I really appreciate it.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:10

27. franknj (unregistered)


Hey proto, can you please send me an invite? my email is francisco.ortiz75@gmail.com

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 22:35

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Done, check your email :D

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 22:41

30. Revan (unregistered)


Great! Kindly send me invite for google+

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 05:06

32. phonenerd123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Anyone else need an invite? I want to help out(:

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:14

34. justintcam (unregistered)


i would like an invite to google+!!!! my email is justintcam(@)(yahoo)(.)(com)

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:36

36. Swissking1 (unregistered)


Could you send me an invite? Address: roderickbayliss@gmail.com
Thanks!

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:53

37. Swissking1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Could you send me an invite? Email: roderickbayliss@gmail.com

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:15

38. chavehe (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


would you mind if you send me invite as well? ; ) i would totally apreciate it

roosterhc@gmail.com

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 11:26

39. franknj (unregistered)


Hey justincam,swissking,and Chavehe I have sent you your invites enjoy :)

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 22:59

44. Corey (unregistered)


can you send an invite to me? Corey.porubsky@yahoo.com

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