Android users have been enjoying using the Google+ app for a while now, and have found it funny how those with an iPhone have had to wait. However, you will be pleased to know that the Google+ iPhone app is now live. However, it is not all good news, as there are little annoyances that can become frustrating. This is no fault of Apple’s handset; it is something that Android will no doubt have to fix in the coming weeks.
When the Android version was first released it had to have an update after a short time, but you will be happy to know that the update has already been implemented in this new app. You can download it for free on the App Store, and although there are a few issues, overall it is pretty solid. Having said that, the true test comes when you download, install and then use the app.
The iPhone version of this app has a cleaner design than that of Android, but this was to be expected. Most of the animations have gone, which has probably been done to not take too much from the battery, as well as slow the performance of the smartphone down. Gadgetbox has spent a little time with the new Google+ app and have noticed how simpler it is to use rather than signing into the web version.
Things are not perfect here, and although the content was said to load fast most of the time, there have been a few instances when it would not load at all. Do not let that put you off, as this only happens a small percentage of the time. There could be a number of reasons for this; maybe the phone needed a restart, as we know how funny the iPhone can be when left on for too long.
I wanted to try the app for myself, but for some reason it is not showing on iTunes for me. No doubt it will appear soon, but for now we have to rely on another persons review. When I sign in to my Google+ profile the first thing I do is look at my Circles to see if there has been any new people join, well you will be pleased to know that this feature is even simpler to use with the iPhone app – even though it was already easy to use.
The one nagging issue is with the +1 button, as you are unable to use it when on the main content. You have to go the long way round by opening said post and the pressing the Google +1 button. We have noticed that the app is not available for the iPod Touch, which we will get to soon in another article.
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