Rumor: Google+ app for Windows Phone 7 being worked on this week

It looks like a Google+ app for mobile phones that use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system could be released fairly soon, perhaps sometime this week. According to a post on a fan made Google+ blog page dated July 14, among the items that Google is working on to improve its new social networking service this week is a Google+ app for WP7. The company has already released an app for Apple's iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) earlier this week and it quickly rose up to become the number one most downloaded free app on iTunes. There's no word on what kinds of features the Windows Phone 7 app for Google+ will contain.

In related news, the massive growth of Google+, even as it still is technically an invite only service, continues to be felt on the Internet. The WebProNews.com web site has posted up word that according to the Experian Hitwise web site ranking service, the Google+ web site is currently the 638th most visited web site for US users. This is less than a month after Google launched the social networking service.

According to an Experian spokesperson, "Google+ received more than 1.8 (million) total visits last week ending July 16, 2011. That is an increase of 283 (percent) vs. the previous week and an increase of 821 (percent) vs. the week ending July 2nd." Experian also states that according to its numbers, males make up 57 percent of the visitors to the site. Also, 39 percent of the site's visitors are between the ages of 25 and 34.

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Why is everyone saying they're looking forward to this? Google have made no announcement stating they're developing a Google+ app for Windows Phone (unfortunately), and it's very likely they are not developing one. The person who wrote that blog post made up his allegations.

I couldn't care less about Google, but I do want to say that I hope Microsoft turns Windows Phone 7 into a communication platform for different kinds of social networks. They already have FB, WL and Sharepoint currently, with Twitter and LinkedIn forthcoming and Facebook Chat as well as WLM support. How cool would it be to have one central place to get ALL your communications, as in additional social platforms (Yahoo, Skype, AIM) as well as other social outlets (i.e. dating sites, Craigslist, youtube, tech news sites, classroom sites). All managed under the Messaging app of Windows Phone, one central place to get all your communications instead of having to go to ten different sites.

I know it seems ambitious, pie-in-the-sky, and probably impossible (unless everyone agrees to one messaging protocol), but I think it would go a long way of fulfilling Microsoft's Windows Phone mantra of getting to what matters to you faster, without any unnecessary chrome.

I look forward to this. and for the ppl complaining about no official youtube app for wp7, supertube would still be better than any official youtube app

downhillrider said,
I look forward to this. and for the ppl complaining about no official youtube app for wp7, supertube would still be better than any official youtube app
I prefer LazyTube

Google+ received more than 1.8 (million) total visits last week ending July 16, 2011. That's a year-over-year increase of INFINITY PERCENT!

KingCrimson said,
Why would Google build an app to boost a rival platform? no way.

Please learn the difference between a social network and an operating system.

KingCrimson said,
Why would Google build an app to boost a rival platform? no way.

Because they should care about their users, and they should understand that many of its users could use a Windows Phone.

dotf said,
This would be good news as Google+ defaults to (overriding phone setting) mobile view which doesn't render properly on Mango version of IE.

I tried to tell some of the Google employees that on Google+, including the person who overseas Google+'s mobile efforts (Punit Soni, Lead Product Manager of Google+ Mobile). They tried to tell me it works fine in the browser, but I explained it didn't. I'm concerned they just didn't listen to me, and they don't know that Google+ is essentially inaccessible on Windows Phones even with Mango.

dotf said,
This would be good news as Google+ defaults to (overriding phone setting) mobile view which doesn't render properly on Mango version of IE.

I stopped bothering with google+ when it kept saying my phones browser wasn't supported randomly

This sort of proves Stephen Elop's claim about 'three horse race'. They didn't release one for Blackberry, WebOS or even Symbian ( as far as I know).

FMH said,
This sort of proves Stephen Elop's claim about 'three horse race'. They didn't release one for Blackberry, WebOS or even Symbian ( as far as I know).

It doesn't prove anything because Google have never stated they will develop a Windows Phone app, and I doubt they are creating one. That blog post was written by a person who knows nothing and just made it up.

I personally could care less as I can make my own "Circles" right on my WP7 using the largest social networks twitter, and facebook I do not see anything that Google+ is offering that i don't already have so they can save the hype..

rruffman said,
I personally could care less as I can make my own "Circles" right on my WP7 using the largest social networks twitter, and facebook I do not see anything that Google+ is offering that i don't already have so they can save the hype..

Everything Google+ provides has already been in use by everyone. I have no explanation for why people are switching to it, other than they think it's "cool" to hate Facebook.

astralbaby said,
I have a YouTube client on my wp7 device ... But it might be htc's
Umm what does this have to do with the article? Besides there is an official youtube app on WP7

tsupersonic said,
Umm what does this have to do with the article? Besides there is an official youtube app on WP7

An official YouTube app that is utterly crap and is similar to Google's Windows Phone 7 Google Search app (which is essentially the Google website).

tsupersonic said,
Umm what does this have to do with the article? Besides there is an official youtube app on WP7

Ummm.. doesnt have anything to do with the topic, but it does relate as I was responding to a remark above that stated that there was NOT a YouTube client for WP7..

The client is by HTC.. and is not a official MS app..

Google will not make the app for WP7. They're intentionally crippling the platform by not releasing critical apps like google maps or youtube. And they will do the same with Google+.

Koki.v3 said,
Google will not make the app for WP7. They're intentionally crippling the platform by not releasing critical apps like google maps or youtube. And they will do the same with Google+.

I hope you realize that Google leaves it up to the OS vendor to build those apps. Google didn't make the YouTube or Maps application for iOS (and you can tell because the Maps app is way worse than the version for Android).

dagamer34 said,

I hope you realize that Google leaves it up to the OS vendor to build those apps. Google didn't make the YouTube or Maps application for iOS (and you can tell because the Maps app is way worse than the version for Android).

I hope YOU realize that Google restricted critical APIs & YouTube metadata for WP7 making it impossible for MS to write a normal YouTube app. Only HTC was able to get around that restriction because they are not MS.

So in essence you are only half right. ODMs and MS can make the apps.. but in this case only HTC got the rights to use the YouTube metadata.

European Commission .. competition law... its a ballad and google is not a saint.

dagamer34 said,

I hope you realize that Google leaves it up to the OS vendor to build those apps. Google didn't make the YouTube or Maps application for iOS (and you can tell because the Maps app is way worse than the version for Android).

?

Google just released Google+ for iOS.

Koki.v3 said,
Google will not make the app for WP7. They're intentionally crippling the platform by not releasing critical apps like google maps or youtube. And they will do the same with Google+.

You're very correct. They won't even let Microsoft access the correct APIs to fully use the Youtube site with their own application. That is the reason for the current application not being full featured. Google is very afraid of WP7 and Microsoft.

FunkyMike said,

I hope YOU realize that Google restricted critical APIs & YouTube metadata for WP7 making it impossible for MS to write a normal YouTube app. Only HTC was able to get around that restriction because they are not MS.

So in essence you are only half right. ODMs and MS can make the apps.. but in this case only HTC got the rights to use the YouTube metadata.

European Commission .. competition law... its a ballad and google is not a saint.

Pretty disgusting of 'El Goog eh? They're afraid of MS and WP7.

This is inaccurate. Google may be planning a Windows Phone 7 application but the source for the story is not an official Google announcement.

MattGarner said,
That blog isn't even an official one so Google may not actually be working on an app for WP7 at all.

I agree. I think Google would announce this. They didn't keep the iOS development a secret.

roadwarrior said,
Would be nice if I could get in on this, unfortunately invites seem to be closed right now.

The send "Invite people to join Google+" button is still there. If you want one let me know.

greenwizard88 said,
Sweet! As a WP7 user, I am enjoying the Google love.

so they cant even make a youtube app in the 9 months its been released yet they can make a google plus app in a few days.. Google bugs me because of their anti-competitive behaviour and how they wont make any apps for WP7 in the first few months to try and stunt its growth..

Lachlan said,

so they cant even make a youtube app in the 9 months its been released yet they can make a google plus app in a few days.. Google bugs me because of their anti-competitive behaviour and how they wont make any apps for WP7 in the first few months to try and stunt its growth..

Yeah, Google won't make a Youtube app because they have more than enough users, but when they need all the users they can get in Google plus, they gladly develop for Windows Phone. Seems a bit odd to me.