Earlier today we told you that the official Google+ app for iPhone was available for download, since the app hit the App Store it seems to have been received pretty well, however some iDevice owners are frustrated by the lack of a Google+ app for iPad and iPod Touch.
Currently we are unsure as to whether these devices will receive dedicated Google+ apps, however what confuses us the most is the fact that the app for iPhone is not compatible with the 4th-gen iPod Touch, let’s face it if the app is compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS you would have thought that it would run on more recent devices. We done some searching and cannot find a reason as to why the app doesn’t run on iPad or iPod Touch, therefore came to the conclusion that developers were perhaps working on apps more suited to Apple’s tablets and portable media players.
We think that an optimized app for iPad could perhaps suit the tablet’s larger display and high-resolution, as for the iPod Touch app it will run over WiFi only, maybe this is why the current app is incompatible, we can’t think of another reason.
If you check out the mobile apps section there is no sign of an iPad or iPod Touch app in the works, however this recent ComputerWorld article suggests that Punit Soni, product manger of Google+ for mobile, left this comment on his Google+ page when asked about iPod Touch and iPad apps “Please give us time. We will have support for all those devices soon :)”. Other comments also confirmed that the app does not currently support iOS 5.0, which is not surprising given that the official release of this OS version is still months away.
Some of the first people to download Google+ for iPhone may be experiencing problems as initially the wrong version of the app was rolled out, build 1.0.1765 has been identified as unstable, therefore Google is telling people to check which version they have installed (by clicking on the gear icon on the top left of the app), you should be running version 188.8.131.529, if not uninstall the app and re-install the latest version.
Hopefully iPad and iPod Touch Google+ apps will arrive soon, when they do we will keep you posted. For now let us know if you are experiencing any major issues, we are hearing lots of reports of an “error 404” which shows when attempting to leave feedback, does this minor problem affect you?