Google Updates Google+ for iOS

After releasing an update for its Google+ for Android just recently, Google has released an updated version of Google+ for iOS as well.

The most surprising and interesting fact about this update is that Google refers to its chat features as ‘Messenger’, similar to what Facebook has chosen for its messaging service.

The Google+ Mobile Team while describing the new improvements and additions made in recent release says:

What’s new:

  • Support for Google Apps users
  • Messenger now lets you know if someone’s online, and if they’re currently typing.
  • Lots of bug fixes including some of the crash issues you’ve been reporting!

We hope you enjoy the improvements. As always, please keep the feedback coming!

The new version will also enable users to +1 their photos.

The most appreciating point is Google’s consistency in keeping the designs of its products in line with previous releases. This has been a common feature in both Android and iOS app as they both led to their previous iteration. It is certainly a hard task to keep apps on multiple platforms consistent because separate teams are required to work on them. So far, Google has done its best to keep managing all the platforms evenly.

It seems that Google is working hard to promote its messenger product as this is evident from a hybrid of Gchat suggesting that the search giant in no way ready to forego messaging to Facebook. Beluga had already been shut down and the Facebook Messenger enjoys esteemed position in Apple’s App Store.

It is certainly interesting to see new features in Google+ for iOS due to the fact that submission process is rather simpler for its own store, but this won’t be easy to get into an Apple’s App Store without prior preparation.

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