Google+ has released its iPhone app or should I say Apple has finally approved the Google+ iPhone app. It is out now and of the 10 +million Google+ users, whoever has iPhones can download app from here. The word on the street is G+ iPhone app works on iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S and iPhone 4. People who have jumped on to iOS5 OS are having problems. I have tested it on iPhone 3G S and have done all the things just fine for most part. The app froze only once while trying to share a picture.
Google+ has got enough press and it doesn’t need any introduction. You can find ours here. Simply put, there are 5 activities on Google+ iPhone. Stream, Huddle, Photos, Profiles and Circles. Stream is where you get soaked in or get drowned depending upon the information flow, Huddle is where you have asynchronous chat with your friends and circles. Photos is where you take a picture and share it immediately. Having checked Android app and iPhone app, I can say that both act just the same, only Android app worked much better.
Stream shows up all the recent activity on your Google+stream. There are three ways to navigate in a stream. It has Circles, Nearby and Incoming. Circles screen will give the full unfiltered stream. Flick with a finger will take you to incoming and a third screen of Nearby. Nearby activity is a neat way to sort through stuff which is happening close to you. There is no way to check the activity on an individual stream. I don’t think this is an oversight.
The only way to get to the posts of a particular circle is by going to Circles tab, click on the circle and tap on the Posts tab at the bottom.
Huddle is the asynchronous chat where you can select specific person or a whole circle to have a chat with. This is neatly done.
Circles will show the list of all your circles and you can check the people, photos and posts in each circle. The interface has all the elements but the touch sensitivity on the People, Posts and Photos buttons is poor. When I got lucky with the buttons, they took a while to load. Posts was the longest. It’s been a while since I have seen an unresponsive app.
Photos worked like a charm and I have shared a picture almost instantly. Though the app froze the first time I have opened the Photos tab.
Profile worked as it should, though I found it slow. I was on WiFi.
Notifications is at the bottom of the screen and tapping on it will pull up the notification screen.
Overall app experience is not what I have expected for a killer combination of Google and Apple. Google+ iPhone app is rushed in. Though there aren’t any embarrassing moments like the Bollywood apps I have reviewed, Google+ iPhone app could have been better. What exactly did Apple test by keeping with them for so long?
Let me play with a little while to check I might have a second impression. There is a lot of noise around the app and we might see an update.
Read my Google + Android app review here.