On July 10, 2012, Google announced that several new features were available for the Google+ App on the Apple iPad. The thrust of the announcement was that the Google+ iPad App is designed specifically for the device with features that take advantage of the iPad's interface.
Some of the specific features include:
- Pinch and expand posts right in your stream to add your comments
- Use two fingers to drag a post from your stream to easily re-share it
- Start a Hangout from your iPad and stream it to your TV using AirPlay
In addition to those features, Google has added Events on Google+ to the iPad App, which allows users to schedule and manage events. Google+ Events is being promoted heavily by Google during the summer months.
The last feature added to the Google+ App for iPad is the ability to start a Google+ Hangout. The Hangout feature does make setting up a video conference with more than two people a snap and I can see how this feature will appeal to many iPad users.
However, how effective is the Google+ App for the iPad? Is the Google+ App better than other social interactive apps available for iPad? Does Google have a winning App on the market or is there something better available?
Not being a tablet user, I really have no clue whether Google has made a compelling application or not, so I would like to hear from you regarding Google+ and other social interaction applications you may or may not use on your Apple iPad.
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.