iPad Gets Google+ Treatment With New App
Google recently released Google+ version 3.0 as a universal update which adds new features to the iPhone app and is the first version that is made for the iPad with its own unique interface features. Both iOS devices now give the option of being able to create and manage Google events, manage comments, add photos, and see who is coming to the event. Google Hangouts is another feature that is now supported on both iOS devices as well, which means you’ll be able to start and participate in Hangouts from wherever you are.
The iPad version of Google+ is a nice refresh with its intuitive interface layout that makes it easier to browse through circles and newsfeeds. You can use the app in either portrait or landscape views and Google+ displays photos and headlines of posts with big tiles that you can swipe to browse or touch to read more. In the upper right, you have a button to create a new post with options for texts, uploading a photo, or “checking” in by posting your location. The upper left portion has a button that slides out a menu that lets you navigate the main features to tweak your profile, start a hangout, find people, and app settings. You’re given the option to check the latest notifications as well.
The organization of Google+ circles is also refreshingly intuitive in the new app. At the top center of the interface on the Home Screen, you can touch to bring up a drop-down menu to browse your created Circles, What’s Hot currently on Google+, activity from users in your Circles, and also activity from users nearby your location. One of the more interesting things about the new app are the nifty animations that were implemented. These animations are apparent when you browse through tiles or switch circles.
The large UI overhaul was improved on the iPhone this past May but with the new feature editions and a better layout on the iPad, Google+ seems to be headed in the right direction. The changes will probably get more users to actively participate in the service. The update is available today for free at the App Store.
Source: App Store