Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Google+ iOS App Now Runs On iPod Touch And iPad, Adds New Features

has updated its iOS app to
add more settings for Huddle, an improved notification system for when
you are added to others’ circles and the option to tag someone in a post
by typing “+” then their name. Also new is the ability to view content
from specific circles in your stream; fixes to performance and stability
issues; and support for iPod
touch and iPad devices.

It is the last of these updates that is most intriguing. The fact
that the app did not have support for iPad devices when
it was launched is understandable, as the iPad is vastly different
from the iPhone. However,
it is bizarre that the app was unable to run on iPod touch devices
before now. It is good to see that Google has fixed this with the
roll out of version of the app.

It should be said that this is not a major update, as the app does
not have full support for the iPad interface yet (when you use the app
on the tablet, it appears in either iPhone size or a blurred zoom
display). I’m guessing that the next major update to the app will be an
iPad-optimized version.

The updates to Huddle might encourage more people to use the group
messaging feature of Google+, while the changes to the notification
system are certainly an improvement. The ability to view content from
specific circles and to tag people in posts are features I’m
particularly pleased about being able to use in the app.

You can check out the latest version of the Google+ app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad now.

Here’s Google+ iPhone Tech Lead Sharvil Nanavati explaining a little
more about the new features:


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