Have you noticed all all those Google +1 buttons that are all over the internet lately (like the one to the left of this post)? That was just a soak test to what Google is actually trying to do in the new social sharing era. Google+ was just announced and is looking to be Google’s answer to Facebook or Twitter. Let’s just say first off that the service looks very awesome, but we also thought Google Buzz and Wave looked great at first too. Anyway, to go along with Google+, they have also released an Android application onto the Market that you can get right now. Many of the features that go along with Google+ will be a part of the app. So lets dive in and see what this new app could bring us.
The main feature of this service is ‘Circles’. Basically you can group your friends in special groups so that they get information you want to send to them. ‘Huddle’ will be used to chat with people in specified a specified Circle. Together this will probably be one of our favorite features, as you can use this to text and entire group on your phone, or even video chat on the computer (hopefully on tablets sometime too). There is also the ‘Stream’, which is basically a News Feed like with Facebook for things your friends have shared with you. Lastly, there is the Instant Upload feature that will allow you to automatically upload any pictures and videos you take to you Google+ account for sharing.
Unfortunately, this service and app are in a private beta right now. If you aren’t part of the beta, you can sign up here. You can also download the app, but until your included in the beta the app doesn’t actually do anything. Will you use this once it becomes available, or are you tired of all the different social groups out there already?
[via Android Market]