Google+ for iOS Updated with Auto Enhance, Interactive Google Offers

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google has updated its Google+ for iOS app to version 4.4.0, most notably adding new photo editing and organizational features. The app has gained a an Auto Enhance mode for improving photos with a single tap, along with Auto Backup, Auto Awesome, and Auto Highlight features. With Auto Highlight, Google+ users can view an array of photos that are automatically selected as the best of a particular batch of uploaded photos.

    As announced during the Google I/O conference two weeks ago, Google's video chat feature Hangouts has been moved to a standalone app. The Google+ update adds a one-touch access button for Hangouts.

    A number of other small improvements to the mobile Google+ experience have been added, including additional profile fields and cover photo uploads, the ability to find content via hashtags, and interactive Google Offer posts.
    Google+ for iOS can be downloaded for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google+ for iOS Updated with Auto Enhance, Interactive Google Offers
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  3. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    Meanwhile, only two of my friends posted anything on Google+ within the last 30 months.
  4. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Anything to drown out that turd is a good thing.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    The only way Google + would ever work is if they buy facebook which I'm sure is not for sale. Google got into the game way to late on this one. People aren't going to make the switch at this point because they can't bring everyone with them in one giant leap.

    Google hangouts keeps telling me I have no connection so not loving that either.

    If osx could bring in sms integration into messages on my mac that could possibly make me an ios/person for life.

    Even better release iMessage and facetime cross platform including PC?

    Game over.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    The main problem with Google+ is that it merely strives to be a better Facebook. And while Google+ maybe superior to Facebook in many ways, they are mostly minor advancements at best.

    I would like to rewind back to 2004, when Google launched Gmail. It offered then staggering 1 GB storage per user (back when competitors offered few MB of storage), vastly superior spam filters, and extremely efficient and clean UI (by 2004 standard).

    Google either needs to go back to the drawing board or just call it a quit.
  8. macrumors member

    May 14, 2012
    Misguided hate. There's plenty of content on G+, in fact, more than on FB. Even if you don't like them, there's no need to bring in fake stuff to hate (something which a hell of a lot of fandroids on G+ tend to do. Jeez, that drives me nuts!) :mad:
  9. Saladinos, May 28, 2013
    Last edited: May 28, 2013

    macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    True, but the biggest problem for me is the data.

    I don't like Google knowing so much about me.

    I'm not particularly happy with Facebook knowing so much about me, but at least when they're segregated it stops them building a more complete profile of you.

    The reason I'm so unhappy with them knowing so much is the way that Big Data gets used. Even today, it's used to make highly personal things like hiring decisions by companies wanting everything to be statistics-based. It's used to decide which TV shows get made and which don't, which actors get which parts and which storylines they'll use. Like it or not, those decisions shape our culture.

    Statistics and data where always used in this way, but because they were so limited in their data-gathering ability they were always fairly unreliable. Leaving a margin of error in there meant that a human being had to make the call at the end of the day. With invisible data-gathering techniques and massive computational power, people are developing so much confidence in Big Data that they're skipping that vital step and letting machines take enormous decisions that shape our world, our culture and our daily lives.

    I believe that human beings make better decisions than machines. Machines can crunch numbers and tell you historical data, but they can only make superficial decisions.

    P.S. When I say "invisible data-gathering techniques", I mean that the product (e.g. Facebook) has ulterior motives. "I'm just sharing links with my friends, what do you mean Facebook is using that information to determine where I have probably lived, worked and went to school? Which restaurants or movies I like and what my political views are?" Similarly with Google+ - people are going to think they're just uploading and enhancing their photos; actually Google is going to be collecting lots of data from this or they wouldn't bother.

    We're creatures that came from the jungle. Even if you explain what is going on, most people can't quite grasp the enormity of what is going on.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    I don't know a single person who uses Google+. I've tried it before, didn't particularly like the experience, but even If I did it's kind of pointless If there's nobody using it..

    I actually also hate Facebook to be honest, but thats the only way I can keep in touch with everyone I know..
  11. macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2013
    I dont know anyone who uses google+ either. All my friends are on fb and ig. :)
  12. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2011
    Maybe Google+ is a ghost town for most people, but it still has one of the best mobile apps for iOS (no sarcasm intended).
  14. macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2011
    What makes me resent Google Plus is that they basically force you to join, post, and comply if you want to have any kind of search presence. The interface remains austere and soulless no matter how many times they alter it.
  15. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    You guys are obviously using G+ wrong, especially if you're using it like Facebook. :p

    It's better when you find people that have your same interests. I use it to follow photographers. I have so much quality content that I can't get on Facebook. In fact, Facebook content as become trailer trash for me. I love I can interact with people i don't know on G+ and get ideas and conversations. It's a much better experience.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Oh chill out, learn to take a joke.

    For what its worth I dont 'hate' G+, I just have no use for it (not a social network fan). I use Google products every day. Take your own misguided hatred elsewhere.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    Thanks Google!

    We should all be thanking Google for offering a helping hand to Apple.

    They could have kept Google+ all for themselves, offering it only on their own platform, but instead, they have allowed Apple owners to benefit from their amazing tech.

    If not for Google, where the heck would Apple be now? Would they even have gotten the iPhone off the ground had Google not contributed Maps and Search and YouTube to Apple's fledgling project?

    Thanks, Google!
  18. macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Monterrey, Mexico
    I don´t remember the last time I used Google+
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I wonder why we STILL cannot save photos to our camera roll yet, in Google+.


    Because Google makes sooo much money off the use of it's apps on iOS! Why do you think Google wasted little time in bringing Google Maps to iOS after Apple replaced it with their own Maps.

    Google is more than happy to keep its apps on iOS for that very reason.

  20. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2012
    Lol- you must be pretty stupid if you believe that google is doing it to be nice to apple users, it's almost as idiotic as to say that apple is being nice to windows users by offering iTunes to them. But then on your planet.. Who knows :confused:

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