Google Unveils New Google+ Apps for Android, iPhone
New community features are now included in both the Android and iPhone versions of the new Google+ apps, Gandhi wrote. "In the past few weeks, we've introduced lots of ways to manage your communities from the desktop—both as members and as moderators," he wrote. "Today we're excited to bring these improvements to iPhone and Android." The new features include the ability to adjust the volume of community posts in a user's Home stream, as well as new options to invite people into a community or to re-share items with a community. Also added is new support for member search, content moderation, and report-remove-ban capabilities for community managers. The new Google+ apps are now available for free download in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. In February, Google+ unveiled app improvements that made it easier for users to access their other online iOS and Android apps more seamlessly and quickly through a new Google+ sign-in feature that allows users to tie their Google+ sign-in process to the sign-in processes for their most-used non-Google apps on their desktops or mobile devices.Google+ has been around since June 2011, when it was started by the company as an online offering to compete with Facebook, or at least to give Google a piece of the social networking pie. Users were able to share events and news online with others in their "circles," then connect with others in their friends' circles, too. The communities can be set up to be open to anyone on Google+ or they can be private groups closed to the general public. So far, more than 500 million people have upgraded their Google accounts to Google+, including 235 million who are active and about 135 million who are mostly observers, according to Google. Google has been tweaking its Google+ offerings often to try to grow its user base and make it a must-visit destination for consumers who are already deeply entrenched in more mature social networks, including Facebook.
The new feature means that users who sign in to Gmail, YouTube or any other Google service can now use their existing credentials to sign in to apps outside of Google, which speeds things up for users. The improved sign-in process will also make it easier for users who access Web-based and mobile versions of the same app.