Google+ for iPhone finally approved

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 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. 

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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41 Comments

1. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

It's by invitation only.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

would you like one?

33. cam unregistered

Yes please! :)

35. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

send an email to protozeloz2@yahoo.com

41. cam unregistered

I've just emailed you. Thanks so much! :)

3. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 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 +.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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/

16. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"Google Talk is better than Facebook chat" Sign language between two blind men would be better than Facebook chat.

5. sweetlou unregistered

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

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

give me your email and I'll send you one

11. sweetlou unregistered

sweetlou122 (at) hotmail (dot) com thanks

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

12. pretzle unregistered

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

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

20. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

would you mind sending me an invite as well?

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sure can do

40. Unreg unregistered

jackman510 (at) gmail (dot) com thanks.

8. kschach

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

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

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

15. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

23. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

31. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 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.

10. cparker unregistered

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

18. Pol unregistered

The app doesn't install without GPS :-(

19. lukaspty unregistered

Please can invite me please lucasmurillo05@gmail.com

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Done :D

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

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