Google+ has taken Facebook by surprise, it’s as if they were caught napping. The new social media project has a number of key features that makes it stand out against their rivals, such as Circles. However, the main feature is Shares, so we have to wonder why both the iPhone and Android app lacks this share button?
We cannot understand why this was not featured in the app from the start; this is social media 101? The Android app has already received its first update, and we assume that yesterday’s version had the very same update, and still no share button. Google have made a fantastic start with their new Plus service, and if they want to continue in this success then they had better update it sooner rather than later.
Currently to share a post that you see via the app you will need to do so by going direct to that post – is this a long winded way to do things or what? The idea of an app on your phone is simplicity; we do not call this simple. On the whole the rest of the app is fine, apart from a few minor issues.
The first is that there are no Sparks, so you are unable to see what is hot. The second is that you are unable to tag someone; now the former is not that much of a big deal, but the latter is an important feature for a social media app. Google has shown that they still have a long way to go if they have any hope of competing with the likes of Facebook, we just find it strange how they can forget these key features.
As yet we do not have any idea as to when an update to the Google+ app will be released, and if it will allow users to share? We already discussed yesterday about another issue, and that was the lack of the +1 button; it’s as if they have never heard of social networking before.
That’s not all, we know that the iPhone app for Google+ was released yesterday, but support for the iPod Touch was a no show. However, we should give Google the benefit of the doubt on this one, as the iPhone was more important to get live first.
Update: We have since found that you can +1 from within the app, but it is not where you assume it would be. Instead of just clicking on the +1 button, you will need to press on the post to open it up, and then you will see the +1 button appear on the top right.
What other features would you like to see in the next Google+ app update, and not shares or the +1 button, as we already know the deal with those?