Apple won't let you share directly to Google+, so Google's doing something about it

Apple won't let you share directly to Google+, so Google's doing something about it

As it sits now, if you want to share a photo to Google+ from your iPhone, you need to take a photo with the Camera app, leave the app, and launch Google+. There really isn't any easy way to communicate with Google apps unless it's a third party developer that's went out of their way to include support. According to the Google+ Developers Blog, Google plans on changing that with a Google+ iOS SDK for developers.

Now your users can share with their Google+ circles, directly from your iOS app! In addition, the native in-app share box supports image and video attachments.

While this won't affect native iOS apps such as the Camera app, it does give iOS developers great resources for implementing Google+ into their apps. If third party camera apps want to implement direct access to Google+, they now have an easier option to do so with the Google+ iOS SDK. It will also include token support so developers can verify the identity of the devices using their servers.

Hit the link to read more and to download the Google+ iOS SDK.

Source: Google+ Developers Blog

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Apple won't let you share directly to Google+, so Google's doing something about it


I expected more from iMore than such a silly link baiting article but this seems to be what Allyson does. Apple is not specifically preventing Google from doing this. This is just how iOS permissions work and is one of the reasons why it is so secure. Of course there is no explanation of what this Google SDK might be and how it will resolve things like this because it's way more important to come up with link baiting but untrue headlines.
I an think of multiple ways Goiogle can implement this in their Google + app right now so why are they pretending otherwise?

You've completely misunderstood what the article is talking about. Sharing with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo is built into iOS at the system level. Sharing with Google+ is not built in that way, and is unlikely to be added to iOS anytime soon, so Google is making it available as an option for third party apps. That is what the article says. Now that I've sorted out your reading comprehension problem, you owe Allyson an apology.

Ah so a follow up. I just looked at Googles iOS "SDK" which is actually a way of implementing these features using standard development techniques. Too bad iMore can't be bothered to do that.

so you call out allyson for "link baiting", but then you write 2 paragraphs commenting on it. i guess her article was worth your time after all.

Ally is SUPER COOL in my book. She's a great asset to iMore and I hear she is a ninja part time too. ;)

the ongoing feud between apple and the big G does chip away at iPhone usability (speed predominantly), even having to request 'search google' in Siri is annoying when using Siri through the day.. and of course extra time required to add my photos to Google .. and the less said about maps the better (still a couple of years away from google standard in my opinion).

talking of speed, I still haven't read a logical reason/excuse for ios7 removing spotlight 'safari search' and 'wiki search' .. i used to love the just swipe and type of ios6 to get into safari.. must admit I'm getting a little tired of Allyson's articles these days I'm sorry I have to admit - I'm sure she can turn it back round :)

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There isn't a logical reason for a lot of the changes in iOS 7. The graphical change was too much at once I think. There is a glaring difference between apps made for iOS 7 and those that are not, even down to the keyboard that pops up.