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Google+ iPhone App Surfaces in iTunes
BY JENNA WORTHAM JULY 19, 2011 1:11 PM
Google+ is still invite-only, so the app only works for those who have been granted early access.
On Tuesday, Google introduced a mobile version of Google+, the search giant’s new social networking service, for the iPhone.
Vic Gundotra, a senior vice president at Google who oversees the company’s social services, announced the application via his Google+ account.
“Share just the right stuff, with just the right circles,” Mr. Gundotra wrote.
The iPhone application is the next logical step for the company to broaden usage of its service. Since Google began inviting users into its service in late June, the service has grown to more than 10 million users. But the service has primarily been Web-based, although the company recently introduced a mobile version of the service for Android devices. Although anyone can download the iPhone app for free, Google+ which is still invite-only, only works for those who have been granted early access.
The iPhone application lets people publish updates to their “stream,” and see the flowing feed of links, pictures and updates posted to the service by the people they’ve chosen to add to their network. The mobile version also includes an interesting feature that lets people view public posts from other Google+ users located nearby. The mobile app also lets people manage who is in their Circles, or groups that they share content with. In addition, the application includes the Huddle feature that lets Google+ users set up private chat rooms with their friends.
Rumors that Google submitted a mobile app to Apple for approval surfaced a few weeks ago, but it was not clear how quickly, if at all, Apple would give the service the greenlight. Apple notoriously kept Google’s other mobile apps — Google Latitude, a location-based service, and Google Voice, a calling service — in limbo for months, eventually prompting an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission.
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