Google released a major update for Google+ for iPhone last night, with the aim to transform Google+ into something more intimate, and more expressive with a new stream and navigation experience.
Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President writes on Google’s Official blog:
Sharing is deeply sensory. From cooking a favorite meal to getting together with friends, it’s the smells and the stories and the smiles that make human connections so essential. With Google+ we want to extend these moments online, so it’s only right to focus on the most personal of personal computers: your mobile phone.
To be clear, we’re not interested in a mobile or social experience that’s just smaller. We’re embracing the sensor-rich smartphone (with its touchable screen and high-density display), and transforming Google+ into something more intimate, and more expressive. Today’s new iPhone app is an important step in this direction—toward a simpler, more beautiful Google.
To achieve this goal, Google has changed the navigation experience with a revamped home screen. Google has replaced the grid design with a more simpler menu that gives you quick access to Stream, profile, messenger, photos, and circles. We definitely prefer this to the grid design, though it was the in thing after Facebook launched their iPhone app.
Google has also revamped the stream view with overlays, gradients and other visual elements. It is just gorgeous. It displays each story with the author’s profile. You can either tap on comment on icon on top right corner to share your thoughts on the story, or tap on the +1 button to share the story with your circle. You can also tap on the screen to read the entire story.
You can check out the screenshots of the revamped version of Google+ for iPhone:
Click on the image above to see the slideshow of all the screenshots
When Facebook launched their iPhone app it was the gold standard, but Facebook seems to have lost its way after leader developer of the app – Joe Hewitt quit Facebook.
Though we’re hooked to Facebook on our desktop and to some extent to the Facebook on our iOS device, we still feel that there is an opportunity for Google to grab market share on mobile devices. With this gorgeous new iPhone app and killer features like Hangout – group video calling feature and instant photo upload feature, Google seems to be giving it, its best shot. We really hope that this serves as a wake up call for Facebook.
You can download it for free from the App Store using this direct link. If you haven’t tried it out yet, we would strongly recommend you to check it out.