Official Google+ for iPhone hits the App Store [Update]

Official Google+ for iPhone hits the App Store

Google+ for iPhone, the official app of Google's new social network has just hit the App Store.

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

Features:

  • Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
  • Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
  • Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

Google+ is only available for users 13 and older.

Overall the app is clean and crisp, fully in keeping with Google's new interest in design. The login experience, however, which throws you back to the terrible Google web page, burned my eyes. Hopefully they can fix that in an update. Soon.

It's very Facebook for iPhone-like, which is good or bad depending on your stance re: consistency vs. innovation, but it works well and moves smoothly for the most part (I wish that hadn't copied some of the more crashes...). The home screen isn't full yet, with Stream (which apparently isn't iOS 5 friendly), Huddle, Photos, Profile (Lion style circled avatar -- who thought that was a good idea?), and Circles.

No iPad support yet, and strangely it doesn't support iPod touch either.

If you've tried it out, let me know what you think. And if you want to get plussy with me, you can circle me up here: https://plus.google.com/117367428086027724173/posts

UPDATE: Google+ has already been updated to version 1.0.1. Is that a record? If you got it before, go re-get it. Again. Here's the explanation: [[Google+

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Rene Ritchie

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Danny says:

FACEBOOK KILLER IS HERE!!!

Dantv says:

Yeah right dude! I'm moving from Facebook to Google+ just like I dumped my iPhone for Android. Come on Google, you need a game console so that I can dump my xBox!

fastlane says:

Nah... this is only going to catch on with the geek community.

Wcmcmullen says:

Could you please send me one as well, wcmcmullen@gmail.com. Much appreciated.

Dave says:

I'm really deceived. I thought they would include iPod Touch support.

dloveprod says:

Hoorayyy, tata facebook :-)

TrevorM says:

this is getting ridiculous. first facebook doesn't put out an ipad app, now google too? what is this?

TrevorM says:

haha, you cant even put it on the ipad if you want to. so lame google.

Applecpugeek says:

What? It says my request can not be completed! Is this available in the US?

sting7k says:

Not showing up in the US yet.

rdrum says:

manually enter the iTunes URL in the story but leave off the # at the end.

CrzyP says:

Still need an invite… weak sauce

CrzyP says:

Look what I started haha! If you have any invites left, I would appreciate it. Please send to Crzypdilly@aol.com. Thanks

gno says:

dont see it on the US app store

Jbbarrette says:

I'm in California, did a search in the App store and didn't find it, but followed the link they provided in the story and it brought it up just fine! Running like a champ on my iPhone.

Nunya says:

Thanks for the tip Jay!

Boundbyfaith7 says:

I couldn't find it either, but now I have!!

phinx404 says:

it does show up if you click the link in the article and it will open up in itunes or manually type it into your idevice's browser.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id447119634?ls=1&mt=8#

phinx404 says:

also noticed that only certain parts of it work in iOS5 Beta3. but cant complain about that as iOS5 is beta and not for general public so just glad to see some of it works! =)

John Biancato says:

Not compatible with iPod touch (4th gen.)

gregorypleau says:

Just a warning for developer types there it's not iOS5 ready. Viewing a profile will crash it for example. But, then again iOS5 isn't exactly public ready yet either!

Jsalsburey says:

Yup not available in the US yet. :(

Jbbarrette says:

yes it is....read a few posts above already!

Steve says:

CLICK THE LINK!!!!! it works stop posting it isnt AVAILABLE!!!!

St3ib says:

I was able to install it. Then when I went to sign in, it told me it was by invitation only right now.

Jbbarrette says:

Yup, you need an invite....my guess is this is why it does not pop up on a regular search in the App store.

Jbbarrette says:

and now there is an update for it already!

Buck1127 says:

Keeps crashing if you have ios 5 Beta 3

dalejr88nascar says:

i can't even get mine to open on ios 5 beta 3...

Kyle G says:

I believe it IS shining. Its sleek and clean. Just like Google advertised when they launched it, it is sharing in an internet enabled world.
Circles is probably the slickest concept on friends I've seen in a social network!

fastlane says:

http://tinyurl.com/3g8opky
It is slick. So much so that Facebook copied the idea with its "Groups" feature.

gregorypleau says:

Update 1.0.1.1809 has appeared already ...
Better support for blocking unwanted messages in Huddle
Better support for attaching photos to a post
Various bug fixes and performance improvements
iOS5 still crashes on profile views though

Buck1127 says:

also not ipad 2 compatible either

techbyter says:

IT SAYS IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH MY IPOD 3RD GEN!!!! WTH!!!! PLEASE HELP!!! :(

Mark Fiore says:

This doesn't work very well (at all really) with iOS 5

Jbbarrette says:

yes, we've heard this 20 times already....

(Copy of) Dev says:

According to a Google Engineer/PM, the App Store was serving an outdated test version of the app, which was corrected 1h40m after it went live -- the 1.01 version.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111499908439497508351/posts
Whether this was Google or Apple's mistake the post makes no comment, but that would explain the record turnaround.

Tawco says:

I would LOVE an invite!

Christof1118 says:

Please need an invite to google+. Please!!!!!!!!!!!

Daytona says:

Someone please send this fan of hip hop & the iphone 4 an invite!nycedaytona@gmail.com :) Thanks in advance!

Olly_b says:

whats the point having it in the app store if its still invitations only wtf

dalejr88nascar says:

whos using this on ios 5 beta 3? mine keeps crashing and i have the new updated installed as well..

Daytona says:

@ Medival please hook me up with an invite! nycedaytona@gmail.com Thanks!!!

lee scott says:

FWIW, the new version still crashes on iOS 5 beta3.

John Steven Taylor says:

Why it couldnt show up when i searched for Google+ I don't know but thanks for the tip.

Andrés Rodríguez says:

Doesn't work at all on iOS 5 Beta 3.

gthomas says:

If you don't have an invite yet, let me know, i can hook you up. No scam i just know the feeling of not getting the invite and waiting patiently!

drumsergeant says:

Don't waste your time, as well as having to retire your despot, if you're not invited. What a scam.

2sweetz says:

LOVING GOOGLE+ ALSO LIKING THE APP CAN't WAIT TIL I FINALLY DELETE MY FACEBOOK

Memo Altamirano says:

Doesnt work with iOS 5 Beta 3

Dallison13 says:

Hey everyone. We know it crashes on ios beta 5. For the love of God stop posting the same stuff.

(Copy of) Dev says:

Initial thoughts.
1) No crash problems here -- I must be one of the lucky few, or I just do not have many people in my Stream view.
2) Overall positive -- similar experience to the webapp, with a few extra features the webapp cannot provide, as well as a couple of puzzling omissions (resharing, single messages) that perhaps I just have not yet found.
3) Both the webapp and the native app need a quicker way to mute posts, or chatty posts dominate the top of your stream. (A couple of chrome extensions handle the job on the desktop.)
4) Having the webapp and the native app reverse the stream swipe order (webapp Nearby->Circles->Incoming, native app Incoming->Circles->Nearby) is a bad case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, and not acceptable if Google wants its new focus on design to be taken seriously.

Dslope71 says:

Please need an invite..
Dslope71@gmail.com
Thanks in advance..

Josain Zsun says:

Very iPhone specific.
"Incompatible" with my G2 iPod and will not attempt to d/l to my iPad.

tdupla24 says:

Can I get an invite? tdupla24@gmail.com It is greatly appreciated.

tdupla24 says:

Thanks man, I appreciate the invite!

Cliffmode2000 says:

Invite please. Cliffmode2000 at gmail.com

Thad Judkins says:

Seems like an odd move halfway through the beta cycle to release something that doesn't work with the new. Many people use this time to get their app out for testing while they still have time before the new one drops. Can't really complain because it's testing but it is odd because it's the only app I have that doesn't work (iCab didn't with beta1 and beta2 broke Chase, but everything else works with beta3).

Mehuneau says:

Crashes big time on ios5...

RagedUSMC says:

Can someone send me an invite please? RagedUSMC@verizon.net

Spendley56 says:

Would love a invite if anyone can please email is: spendley56@aol.co.uk

خالد says:

I just downloaded the app thanks

Lenmac08 says:

Any more invites out there?Lenmac08@yahoo.com
Thanks !

m4ndee says:

Can someone please send me an invite.... m4ndee@homtail.com