Google+ arriving on Android, Apple tablets

Google+ has so far been available only through web browsers and mobile-phone apps, but Google has just announced tablet versions of its apps for Android and iOS slates.

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The app features the same photo-first look currently in the smartphone app, letting people slide photos left or right to see what's posted in their stream. The tablet version shows photos popular on Google+ in larger versions, according to Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president, speaking at the company's Google I/O conference.

"We're stylising the stream so it makes it very easy to scan while still highlighting what's important," Gundotra said. The app also includes hangouts that resemble the desktop video-conferencing approach, with multiple small faces across the bottom of the screen and the person speaking shown in the main view.

Other changes are coming, too, including new notifications that appear on the left side of the screen under the list of Google+ actions. New features are also coming to the Android smartphone app, Gundotra added.

Google+ is increasing in usage, and mobile is important for the company. "We now have more users engaging in G+ from mobile than from the desktop," Gundotra said.

There are now 150 million monthly active users of Google+, and more than half of them sign in daily, Gundotra said. They spend an average of 12 minutes per day in the Google+ stream.

He also announced a new Google+ feature for parties and other gatherings, called Google+ Events. With it, people can invite others to an event, and, if they accept, it'll add an event to their calendars. It also gathers photos that people take at the event,and publishes them on the event's page.


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