Google+ for iOS released [Update]


According to a Google+ post by Vic Gundotra, VP at Google, the official Google+ app for iOS should be rolling out "in the next few hours." The app is actually available now, at the iTunes App Store

Google+, Google's contender in the Social Network war, was released only a few weeks ago and is already garnering millions of users and critical acclaim. The question of whether or not it can beat Facebook is on everybody's minds, but it's way too soon to know for sure. However, getting a timely release of an official iOS app is definitely a step in the right direction. It's certainly the most successful social release by Google since they tried and failed (in most places) to create a social space for themselves with the ill-fated Orkut. A few more flops down the line, and it looks like Google might actually be getting its act together on this important front. 

We haven't seen any word about a Google+ iPad app, but we're pretty sure that will be soon to follow. Facebook took its sweet time releasing an official iPad app, and Google will certainly want to cash in on that shortcoming. Google+ has tried to find ways to let people import their contacts and social connections from services like Google, but Facebook has always been conservative about letting their data go to other companies, and has tried to block Google from taking their data (and possibly users).

Update: It appears Google has mistakenly released the test version of the app for around 2 hours after the launch.

As Punit Soni of Google+ points out:

We discovered an issue with the version of the iPhone Google+ App that was on the App Store. When we launched, the App Store started serving a previous test version of the App which didn't have the stability and fixes that the latest version had. It started serving the correct version a little later. If you downloaded within the first 1 hour 40 mins, you may have downloaded the older test version.

To check which version you are running:
- Click on the gear icon on the top left of your App's homescreen and look right above the Help button, the version number of the App should be: 1.0.1.1809

- If that is not the version number, then please uninstall and reinstall by clicking on the link below: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id447119634?ls=1&mt=8

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Salem874 said,
"Your request could not be completed" here on an iPod Touch 3G with iOS 4 in the UK

Haven't tried myself but going by the posts above and the info, it's only been released for iPhone as of now!

Man all I get when clicking on the link is "your request could not be completed" tried clicking the link in this page, searched in itunes and it still doesn't appear.

Well for some reason they have decided to completely lock iPad users from even installing this app. Not having a native iPad interface is bad enough (why is it so hard?), but actually coding the app to refuse to even install on an iPad, thereby not giving your users the choice of if they want to use it as a stretched iPhone app or not, is unforgivable.

TCLN Ryster said,
Well for some reason they have decided to completely lock iPad users from even installing this app. Not having a native iPad interface is bad enough (why is it so hard?), but actually coding the app to refuse to even install on an iPad, thereby not giving your users the choice of if they want to use it as a stretched iPhone app or not, is unforgivable.

Even though they might be working on an official iPad app? You don't know what they might have planned.

nubs said,

Unforgivable, you sound like you have been wrong beyond repair. Drama queen!

Ok, so I chose a word that was maybe a little strong... that's no reason to attack me personally.

I'm hearing the iOS sucks? One would think after the good job on the android one (imo it works nicely, albeit the lack of some features), they would put the same care in the iOS one

XerXis said,
that's one fugly app

Not trying to flame, but Apple is caught in a tight spot. Live services work best on a WP7 phone, Google services work best on android, and Apple has to pickup the pieces somewhere in the middle. Same as HP. Only thing I think apple still has going for it is the fact that most people want to code for iOS first, even though android has more marketshare.

Nexus- said,

Not trying to flame, but Apple is caught in a tight spot. Live services work best on a WP7 phone, Google services work best on android, and Apple has to pickup the pieces somewhere in the middle. Same as HP. Only thing I think apple still has going for it is the fact that most people want to code for iOS first, even though android has more marketshare.

Apple has iTunes, App Store and going to have iCloud too soon. I think these are pretty much enough to compensate those. Not to mention these services are exclusive to iOS devices, you can't use them with neither Android nor WP7 phones. On the other hand both Google and MS have several apps in the App Store, so you can use their e-mail, map, search, social etc... services just fine on any iOS device. I'm not trying to flame or play a fanboy either but I think there's no point in what you are trying to say. Especially that Google+ app looks awfully fugly on Android devices as well. I don't like facebook app either but this is even worse and it's not even stable.

"Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. Requires iOS 4.0 or later."
The iPod Touch is not supported apparently, as I found out after trying to sync it from the PC.

Gus.Ghanem said,
"Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. Requires iOS 4.0 or later."
The iPod Touch is not supported apparently, as I found out after trying to sync it from the PC.

I figured this out as well when I tried syncing it to my first gen iPod Touch... didn't work for multiple reasons

Gus.Ghanem said,
"Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. Requires iOS 4.0 or later."
The iPod Touch is not supported apparently, as I found out after trying to sync it from the PC.

??? why wouldn't they want it to work on ipt? Makes no sense...

Tanshin said,

I figured this out as well when I tried syncing it to my first gen iPod Touch... didn't work for multiple reasons


FRAGMENTATION!

Facebook took its sweet time releasing an official iPad app

they still haven't... though the webpage also works pretty good.

HawkMan said,

they still haven't... though the webpage also works pretty good.


Indeed it does, there are some problems though. I'd gladly see an app or a tablet optimized website, it'll work better, and if it's anything like most mobile designs it'll probably look better too

chorpeac said,
Searching the store from my device, I don't see it yet...

Open this news post in Mobile Safari and then click on the iTunes App Store link. It will come right up. I too can't find it in the App Store with searching . But if you follow the link in this article it will take you right to it.

Shadrack said,

Open this news post in Mobile Safari and then click on the iTunes App Store link. It will come right up. I too can't find it in the App Store with searching . But if you follow the link in this article it will take you right to it.


Got it, thanks!

singularity0821 said,
Looking forward to the WP7 app. I hope it doesn't take long.

Google has yet to state that they will make a WP app

singularity0821 said,
Looking forward to the WP7 app. I hope it doesn't take long.

I'm concerned that they might not give us an app. There is only one official Google app on the Windows Phone Marketplace currently and that is an awful Google Search app that appears to simply embed the Google Search website.

Sraf said,

Google has yet to state that they will make a WP app

I doubt they will have one for the Windows Phone 7 since Microsoft is a big partner with Facebook. Not to mention that Google and Microsoft always seem like they are in competition
with each other.

JSYOUNG571 said,

I doubt they will have one for the Windows Phone 7 since Microsoft is a big partner with Facebook. Not to mention that Google and Microsoft always seem like they are in competition
with each other.


Because the best way to compete is not doing it at all?

That's just all the more reason for Google to make an app for WP7.

Callum said,

I'm concerned that they might not give us an app. There is only one official Google app on the Windows Phone Marketplace currently and that is an awful Google Search app that appears to simply embed the Google Search website.
Google seems reluctant to release apps for WP7. I would love to see a Google Maps and YouTube official apps. Perhaps this all changes with Google+ app if the blog post is true. Maybe Google will start releasing apps for WP7 at last.

I'm not holding my breath though.

ajua said,
Google seems reluctant to release apps for WP7. I would love to see a Google Maps and YouTube official apps. Perhaps this all changes with Google+ app if the blog post is true. Maybe Google will start releasing apps for WP7 at last.

I'm not holding my breath though.


I hope they will, but like you I doubt it. Unfortunately, seeing as the blog isn't an official Google blog and we haven't heard anything from them, I reckon it's still unlikely

Sraf said,

Ah, well that's nice. I was looking at their mobile app page, which lists the Android app, the iOS app as "Coming Soon" but not even Windows Phone (But they list Windows Mobile)


That blog is not an official Google blog, unfortunately. You are correct; they haven't yet announced a Windows Phone application

App didn't allow me to sign in and then crashes every time. Granted I'm on iOS 5 beta 3 so off to the feedback form we go!

John. said,
App didn't allow me to sign in and then crashes every time. Granted I'm on iOS 5 beta 3 so off to the feedback form we go!

you're not the only one
that's a bug in the iOS part
os maybe Jobs will say you're using it wrong

NesTle said,

you're not the only one
that's a bug in the iOS part
os maybe Jobs will say you're using it wrong


maybe he touched it wrong

NesTle said,

os maybe Jobs will say you're using it wrong
He's on a beta OS, and expecting it to work - yes, he's using it wrong

John. said,
App didn't allow me to sign in and then crashes every time. Granted I'm on iOS 5 beta 3 so off to the feedback form we go!

Well, You shouldn't be. /END

What good is it, if majority of people have not been invited yet? It is nothing but two useless icons on my Android right now for Google Plus.

JSYOUNG571 said,
What good is it, if majority of people have not been invited yet? It is nothing but two useless icons on my Android right now for Google Plus.

I don't need the majority of people to be using Google+ in order for me and my friends to enjoy it.

JSYOUNG571 said,
What good is it, if majority of people have not been invited yet? It is nothing but two useless icons on my Android right now for Google Plus.

G+ will be made public really soon.
as soon as they fixed the last remaining glitch and tuned their system to handle the load

JSYOUNG571 said,
What good is it, if majority of people have not been invited yet? It is nothing but two useless icons on my Android right now for Google Plus.

10,000,000 people is a lot of people. There's the point you were after.

JSYOUNG571 said,
What good is it, if majority of people have not been invited yet? It is nothing but two useless icons on my Android right now for Google Plus.

As Shadrack mentioned, you don't need the majority of all people in the world to be using Google Plus, only your friends and the people you deal with regularly... and for that there are invites.