Google+ on Android
If a social network wants to keep us connected, they need to keep us mobile & how they do it can ultimately determine the success of their venture. Enter in Google+, made by the company behind one of the most successful mobile operating systems worldwide – Android.
I have been playing with Google+ for just under two weeks now, and have been quite impressed with Google’s latest effort to own Social Networking. So far it is the cleanest social network I have used and has quickly become my number one.
Two weeks back we asked you on the Telstra Facebook page – ‘which feature of Google+ most excites you?’. The clear winner was the Android App. If you are an Android owner, you may have noticed that the Google+ app was available for download straight away upon the launch of Beta testing (very smart move). When you download Google+ from the Android app market, you will get the complete app and also the Huddle (group-messaging) feature as a standalone app.
My favourite feature so far in using Google+ is instant upload, I love taking photos with my HTC Desire but I regularly switch phones. Google+ instant upload comes in handy because if you choose to tick the box, all your photos will be uploaded straight to a private album which you can choose to share with your circles or individuals. For the RetroCamera users out there, RetroCamera photos will also be instantly uploaded.
The app is well rounded, for Android it gives you notifications in your status bar & comes with a very clean and easy to use interface. You have the option to access Huddle straight from the Google+ home screen or you can access your stream, photos, circles or your profile. In the bottom bar you will see notifications, you can flick this bar up to view your notifications. When you access the different areas of the Google+ app you will notice that it is very user friendly and quite intuitive.
Huddle is a very interesting feature, it’s nothing new – it’s basically a new spin on chat-rooms. The best thing is that it can be accessed on mobile and is now the simplest way to organise a dinner/catch up with a group of friends. Watch this video to find out more -
Besides having great integration with browsing on a computer, Google has done a great job with this Android app. It is hard to believe it is in Beta when it has so many features that work so flawlessly. If you are lucky enough to have a beta invite to Google+ and you use an Android handset, I would definitely recommend you download Google+ for Android.
For those using iOS, according to Mashable you shouldn’t be waiting too long as the Google+ app is going through App Store approval.
Update – The iOS app has been released and is available for download from iTunes for those using iPhone 3G and up – http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google/id447119634?mt=8
Any questions regarding Google+ for mobile, or if you would like to share your own experiences please comment below.