Google+ for iPhone updated with more soul

If there is one thing to be said about Google+ for the iPhone, it's that it hasn't looked as good as its web counterpart. With an update today, Google is hoping to change people's opinions on that.

Google+ app for iPhone

(Screenshot by Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

In the new version of the software that went out to Google+ users for iPhone today, the company has overhauled the look and feel of the app, making text bigger and adding a kinetic feel, with photos that float into view as users scroll down.

In a blog post about the update, Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra called it "a mobile app with sense and soul".

"We're embracing the sensor-rich smartphone (with its touchable screen and high-density display) and transforming Google+ into something more intimate and more expressive," Gundotra said.

The update comes on the heels of Google more deeply integrating Google+ inside of its Gmail email service. Yesterday, the company rolled out a way for users to view and respond to Google+ comment threads, as well as +1 posts, that are sent to their inbox.

Gundotra says that the Google+ app for the company's Android platform will arrive "in a few weeks" with "a few extra surprises". Still missing is a version of Google+ for Apple's iPad. However, unlike earlier versions of the app, the iPhone version can be scaled up, using the iPad's x2 mode.


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