Google+

Google+

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.2
  • Total Downloads:
    7,028
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 04, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone

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Editors' Review

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Google+ is central to Google apps and services, and not just social networking and authoring since many Google features use your Google+ profile as your primary ID. It's one of the largest social networks, but it also links easily to your other social networks, blogs, and webpages. Google+ is standard in many Android installations, but you can download and install the latest version independently, too.

Pros

Updated interface: An updated top menu and toolbar clean up Google+'s looks and enable quicker access to Circles and Communities, Explore topics, What's Hot, and Nearby features.

SMS PIN: Keep SMS secure by creating a custom PIN on the Google+ Settings page.

Sharing options: You can enhance your privacy by customizing your Sharing, Location Sharing, Notifications, Contacts, and more from the app's Settings menu.

Cons

Too much sharing: By default, Google+ shares SMS posts with your entire circle, and your Google+ profile exposes your interests and activities to other users. Be careful what you share, and take time to configure your sharing and privacy options.

Future uncertain: With hundreds of millions of users and considerable development effort, Google+ isn't going away, but some industry watchers suggest that Google's social media ardor has cooled, which may push Google+ into the background.

Bottom Line

Google's social media strategy will undoubtedly continue to evolve, yet Google+ will remain more or less central to the tech giant's Android presence. This most recent update is the best iteration of Google+ yet.

 
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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 4.2.2
- Turn your photos and videos into custom movies with Auto Awesome Movie (available on certain devices with Android 4.3 and above)
- Enjoy strobe-effect photos and erase moving objects with Auto Awesome Action and Eraser
- Updated design for the notification tray
- Add a widget to view your friends' locations on your homescreen
- Translate posts and comments inline
- Additional bug fixes and performance improvements
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date November 04, 2013
Date Added November 04, 2013
Version 4.2.2
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 7,028
Downloads Last Week 29
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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