There's An App For That: The New Google+ AppCecily Kellogg
I’m sure you’re all shocked that not only is there already a Google+ app for the iPhone, but the latest version (yes, released the SAME DAY as the first version) fixes many minor issues of the first version. I’ve been playing with it, and I have to say, it only makes me more in love with Google+.
Just like Google+ itself, the app is stunningly lovely in its simplicity. As you can see, there’s no confusion at all about what you’re looking at. From the launch page, you see your Stream, your Huddles (more about Huddles later in this post), your Photos, your Profile, and your Circles. Easy enough to flip between any of them.
But it gets the most interesting in the Stream section.
There are three columns to your stream: Incoming, Circles, and Nearby.
Yes, the Google+ app uses your location to show you who is on Google+ in your neighborhood. Stalkericious! Frankly, I love it, because it has introduced me to the most social media savvy of my neighbors, and I found quite a few surprises. It’s almost like having an easy way to network locally, without having to put on makeup.
The stream column looks nearly identical to the online version of Google+. Photos leap off the page visually thanks to the crisp white background (I know, I swear I will shut up about the beauty of Google+ at some point but I am currently utterly infatuated). I find it’s far easier to read when the iPhone is vertical, unlike the Facebook app. The font is at least a click bigger.
The Incoming column covers your entire collection of folks on Google+ and their updates. Again it’s crisp, clear, and easy to read.
All three columns refresh with a pull down, and you can swipe between the three columns easily.
There do not seem to be any options currently to adjust the settings.
Lastly, I have to say that the Google+ app actually has a minor advantage over the online site with the Huddle feature. Basically the Huddle is a group IM service that allows you to maintain conversations while on the go; I’d love to be able to do this in the desktop version as well. I realize you can start a hangout on the desktop version, but I’d love a chat-only Huddle too.
Overall, however, big thumbs up on the Google+ App!