Google+

Google+

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.1.219805
  • Total Downloads:
    6,008
  • Date Added:
    December 03, 2011
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    30
  • Operating Systems:
    Android/2.2

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Editors' Review

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Google+ for Android is a clean and intuitive mobile app that has all of the powers of its desktop counterpart save for the games and a few other minor features.

The Google+ app opens up to a dashboard of icons leading to the different sections of the service: Stream, Messenger, Photos, Profile, and Circles. As a whole, the interface looks and feels very much like the full desktop version of Google+, and navigating the app is incredibly intuitive.

Stream
Stream is really the lifeblood of Google+. By default, this section of the app displays feeds for All Circles, Nearby Google+ users (based on your GPS location), and Incoming posts. Additionally, you can add your own feeds if you want to keep tabs specifically on Family, Co-workers, and so on. To move between feed views, simply swipe left and right.

Within your Stream, you can do almost everything you can on the full desktop version of Google+. You can easily comment on and +1 items, and of course, you can create your own posts with pictures, videos, and location tags. You can even join an active Hangout if you come across one in the stream. Unfortunately, the Google+ app doesn't let you start a Hangout, but we're betting the feature is on its way.

Messenger
The Messenger feature lets you chat with one or more of your Google+ connections from a single panel. You can even add photos to your conversation, either from your album, or directly from your Android camera. The feature is easy to use and has tons of potential when it comes to coordinating with friends. For instance, it could be a more convenient and powerful alternative to mass-texting, if most of your friends are on Google+, that is.

Photos
As expected, this is the hub for all of your photos and videos, It provides a simple interface for viewing and commenting on items from your circles, items you're tagged in, and, of course, all of your own album items. Unfortunately, unlike the desktop version of Google+, the app doesn't let you share, add tags to, or download items that aren't in the "From your phone" album.

One thing we love about the Google+ app is that it includes an Instant Upload feature, which automatically backs up pictures and videos taken on your Android device. By default, these items go into the private "From your phone" album, where you can easily access and share them at your convenience. Of course, you can disable Instant Upload if you're worried about battery drain, but we think it's a super-convenient feature that should be utilized.

Profile
Here, you can see your Google+ public profile page, all of your posts, and all of your photos. Unfortunately, you cannot edit any of your profile information (except for your photo) from the Google+ app, which is a minor letdown.

Circles
This section of the app lets you view and manage all of your Google+ Circles just as you can do on Google+ desktop. You can easily view posts and photos for individual Circles, create new Circles, and move people between Circles. The experience here is very much the same as it is on the desktop.

Overall, we think the Google+ app provides an excellent way to interface with the Google+ social space while on the go. While it does appear to be missing a few features, given how young the app is, we are confident that Google is on its way to porting them over. If you use the Google+ service at all, or if you're just an Android owner looking for something new to play with, we highly recommend this download.

 
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5 stars

"Great social app, better than facebook in ways."

June 30, 2012  |  By Abro86

 |  Version: Google+ 2.3

Pros

Easy to share, not quite one-click but it's not too bad. Over all I am impressed, it's got lots of functionality tucked into it if you take the time to learn to use it. It's not super intuitive but once you know that a brief tap or a long press brings up additional options to "+1" on a post, or edit something you've posted or commented on then you realize it's not too bad.

Cons

Large file size. For some reason Google hasn't figured this out, which you'd think they would cut it down a little since they're all about "the cloud". That and I don't see what wouls cause it to be so big as most apps with similar functionality come in a t much much smaller sizes. Google Currents is also a beautiful app but suffers from enormous file size as well and is similar in size to Google+.

Again not super intuitive but it's not too horrible, and a little testing can yield what you're looking for if patient.

The app automatically shares your location on posts if you have location services. I'd prefer to be notified when that is being shared with the world. You can remove it on the website version if you find it has shared that information.

Not all my friends are on G+, most are still on facebook. So sharing is a different beast. But that's something that'll change as more people adopt G+ and find it has some neat features.

Summary

Overall it's a great app. Beides the cons I listed above I found it nice to be able to share on mobile (something currently impossible on facebook's mobile app, and I can edit posts and comments I've made (again this has just barely rolled out to facebook's website, but is impossible to do from the mobile app).

As I mentioned above most of my family and friends are on facebook, and the ones on Google+ aren't very active. But I've found I interact with strangers a lot more on G+ than I ever did on facebook. It's just different because you can choose to make things private or public very easily every time you share something. And there are people with diverse interests who share their professions, hobbies, and philosophies. There are some stupid chain posts, like facebook seems to have been overrun with lately, but the interaction is just different and provokes conversation rather than "facebook stalking" everyone. Facebook just has that weird creepiness factor that turns you into a voyeur into your friend's lives, G+ on the other hand feels more about sharing and getting a message out, and conversing with your friends. It's just sad that more people don't use G+.

It's definitely worth a check out, so download it and try it. Don't expect facebook though, it's a different animal. Yes it has similar features to facebook but the two feel different. Of all the networks I've tried though I like Google+ a lot, and the app has it's own feel, but has been getting better with new updates.

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5 stars

"Great app for a great social network"

October 16, 2011  |  By otgkhan

 |  Version: Google Plus for Android 1.0.8

Pros

This is a great app for communicating with friends. Off course the stream (newsfeed) is good for accessing information on G+ but the other features in the app are great too. The messenger makes group messaging extremely convenient and now you can attend hangouts (group video chat sessions) from the app as well.

Cons

The messenger feature in the app is only good if everyone can get the app. Currently there is no version of the app available for Windows phone 7 so some of my contacts cannot be included in the group messages.

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5 stars

"Fantastic App"

September 30, 2011  |  By sudipb001

 |  Version: Google Plus for Android 1.0.7

Pros

Fantastic App

Cons

Little slower, resource hungry

Summary

I am using it from my LG P500 Optimus One mobile with Android Froyo.
Very good app, I can't do Hangout with it as my mobile doesn't have front camera.
Messenger is very good.

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1 stars

"No 2.1? ***?"

September 30, 2011  |  By poipoi13

 |  Version: Google Plus for Android 1.0.7

Pros

Sounds awesome!

Cons

Will not download to 2.1-

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3 stars

"I really want this but why such a big file?? ..."

September 29, 2011  |  By cyclops65

 |  Version: Google Plus for Android 1.0.7

Pros

I've not been able to use this so can't comment except to say I've read many positive reviews about how well this app is made.

Cons

My LG Op. V only came with about 170mb of useable memory so I'm already about out of room, esp. since you can't really go below 15mb anyway. App actually balloons to over 14mb once on phone. Google, PLEASE make this app smaller!! :(

Summary

If Google doesn't make this app smaller (or more of it moveable to SD -- yes, I know once it's on SD you can't use widget) then I guess I won't be able to enjoy what looks like a great app. bummer ...

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.1.219805
New in 2.1.1:* Added the posting widget* Fixes for download and installation issues* Bug fixesNew in 2.1.0:* Completely new app and new visual design* Battery life improvements* Navigation and performance improvements* Significant notifications improvements* Brand new posting UI* Several bug fixes* Support for Google Apps users* Ability to sign out* Add people to a circle from circle profiles
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date December 03, 2011
Date Added December 03, 2011
Version 2.1.1.219805
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android 2.2, Android
Additional Requirements Compatible with Android 2.2 and above.
Download Information
File Size 7.68MB
File Name details
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,008
Downloads Last Week 30
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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