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Stay connected and share life as it happens with Google+ for iPhone and iPad. Join a Hangout, post a photo, or see what friends are sharing while you’re on the go.
- iPad-optimized layout brings your stream to life
- Share photos directly to Events for all your friends to enjoy
- Turn on Auto Backup to save photos and videos privately on Google+
- Check out the What’s Hot stream to see trending topics
- View the Nearby stream to see what people near your location are saying
- See vibrant, high-resolution images on Retina display devices
What's New in Version 4.6.1
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
Far Superior to Stagnant Facebook
Google+ is superior to Facebook in a number of fundental ways. At the basic, pragmatic level, the Google+ app is far speedier, prettier and more polished than Facebook's equivalent. The phenomenal iPad version of Google+ simply blows the pathetic Facebook app out of the water without so much as breaking a sweat. The Google+ 'circles' model of social interaction is also much better for targeted communications than Facebook's antiquated 'friends' approach. Google+ integration with other Google services also makes it a superior option for using the social platform more seamlessly as one navigates the web and feels the desire to share with others.
Google+ has also avoided to a large degree the 'in your face' commercialization that Facebook has experienced over the last couple of years. This is probably a byproduct of Google's myriad of revenue streams, freeing up the social platform from unseemly advertisement intrusion. Let's hope Google keeps it that way!
So, once derided as a late, halfhearted effort to keep pace with the Facebook juggernaut, Google+ has now gone well beyond what its rapidly aging competitor has to offer. Ignore Google+ and you'll miss out on the superior social platform and on one of the finest apps available for your mobile device. Kudos to Google for thinking out of the box!
Some good ideas, questionable implementation
I checked back for what I posted about it two years ago, when I first started using Google+ mainly to see baby pictures and the like from people who said they were leaving Facebook.
Then, when photos were shared with me I could see the tiny thumbnails but when I clicked on them to actually see the pictures it did nothing. A second click would show me the picture about 50% of the time, but would otherwise take me back to my stream or take me someplace completely unexpected. Also more than a trivial portion of my stream was from people I'd never heard of.
Those problems seem to have been fixed eventually (though not within a month or two) but now my main reason for using Google+ Is for location sharing since the demise of Latitude. (Most of the people who announced their departure from Facebook came back.) The three people I most wanted to share location with and I set it up. I could see one of the three for a few hours, the others never. Another of the three could see me, for one or more days. But when I went back to it today, no one remained selected for sharing.
The world's fastest-growing social network, bar none
One thing that people don't get about Google+ — and I've seen examples of this from my fellow worshippers — is that it is indeed the fastest-growing social network in terms of additions of numbers of users per month of all time. It took Google+ just months to reach 100 million users, a feat which took at least 3 years for Facebook, Twitter, and even MySpace respectively.
As of late October when Google unveiled some new Google+ features at a keynote it had, Vic Gundotra announced that Google+ had 540 million users who use Google+ at least once a month. That number, of course, continues to climb, and at that rate, I'm sure it's over 600M by now, and growing fast. That easily makes it the #2 social network in the world right now, more popular than Twitter, more popular than Instagram, and more popular than just about everything except Facebook. That really says something to those people who call Google+ a "ghost town"...
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: Dec 17, 2013
- Version: 4.6.1
- Size: 27.0 MB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Seller: Google, Inc.
- © Google Inc. 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.