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If you’re one of the chosen few currently enjoying the burgeoning social network known as Google+, you’ll be happy to know that the search giant has finally released its official iPhone app to the App Store -- but sorry, no iPod touch or iPads are welcome.
After weeks of anticipation, Google has finally released an official Google+ app for the iPhone on Tuesday. As you may recall, the service launched with only the web-based client as well as an app for Android, but finally iOS users can join in the fun, assuming they don’t have an iPod touch or iPad (more on that in a moment).
“Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler,” the app description reads. “Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.”
Among the features touted in the Google+ iPhone app are Circles for sharing “the right things with just the right people,” Stream to “get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby,” and Huddle, billed as the “super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.”
Now what’s this about the iPad being left in the dust? According to the specs on the App Store, the Google+ app is only compatible with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 3.1 or later -- no iPod touches and no iPads, for some mysterious reason. Indeed, the app refuses to install on our iPad 2, although we’re guessing that’s a temporary oversight on Google's part in the mad rush to get the app in the hands of users. Let us know if you have any luck installing it on your iPod touch or iPad, won’t you?
Update: Within an hour or two of this post, the Google+ app was magically updated to version 188.8.131.529, addressing three issues: Better support for blocking unwanted messages in Huddle, better support for attaching photos to a post and various bug fixes and performance improvements. If you just downloaded it, you might want to head back to the App Store and grab the stealth update, too!
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