Gmail for iPhone has been updated to support iPhone 5 - why not the Google+ app yet?

gmail iphone

The Gmail app for the iPhone was updated today with support for the bigger iPhone 5 screen and iOS[1]. So now both the web browser Chrome and Gmail has been updated for the new iPhone. The question is why not the Google+ app has been updated yet? Isn’t Google+ as important as the other two apps? Google hasn’t done much for Google+ lately. Have they given up on it?

Musings & Thoughts:

Charles Gaines
I’m sure an update will be here before very long. Along with an official Gmusic app. /sarcasm

Branko Tancheski
apsolutely agree with you.
G+ isn’t prioritized by google.
They don’t do nothing with g+ very long time except some small changes.
Lot of whitespace and ugly design :S

Charles Gaines
I like G+’s design, myself. And keeping it simple doesn’t bother me, either. Facebook is a ridiculous mess of crap I never use.

David Gillemo
Well. Google updates the Gmail app, downloadable right now. Submitted about a week ago.

Isn’t that extremely fast if you think about Apples approval process?

Charles Gaines
It’s not particularly unusual. Most of the apps I have on my phone right now have already gotten an update. I doubt updates go through the same process as a full app does–90% of the time an update is pretty minor.

Stefan Svartling
Chrome was updated really fast, and now Gmail. Why not Google+?

Charles Gaines
I’d suggest that part of it is that G+ is alot more multiplatform/multifaceted than gmail or Chrome. Singular apps are less important than the G+ environment, which arches over pretty much all of the other Google services. Sure, it all comes into your stream eventually, but you can share/+1 to g+ using Chrome for iOS, Flipboard, some other Mac/iOS apps, Google Drive, and the web in general. That’s pretty big :p and I’m thinking that keeping it all working is a higher priority than an app update. That or they’re redesigning the app to actually take advantage of the extra screen space-the Messenger tab could be a whole lot less worthless, for example :p

Stefan Svartling
I still thinks that both Chrome and Gmail is prioritized though. Google+ is apparently not as big product yet.

Charles Gaines
The numbers are about the same; 400 million for G+, 425 million for Gmail. I’d suggest Gmail has significantly more active users, though.

Stefan Svartling
They get revenue from both Chrome and Gmail. None from Google+…

Charles Gaines
I know it’s terrible for a company to put a larger user base and dollars ahead of being nice to people :p

Urban Persson
Maybe the g+ app is a bit more complicated than gmail. 

Charles Gaines
They took their sweet-ass time getting the iPad and Iphone apps out. I’m fairly meh about the iPhone app, but the iPad one is great- left to right is far superior if you have a busy stream than top to bottom, IMO.

Urban Persson
It’s a guess from me, but people has sometimes complained after updates that hangouts don’t work, now i think iphone got an new front camera and maybe new driver 

Stefan Svartling
Well if the camera doesn’t work in the Google+ app I am sure it’s not the iPhones fault, because a lot of apps are using it. If that is the case, then it’s the Google developers that doesn’t know how to do it right.

Charles Gaines
Yeah, hangout has never worked on the iPhone iirc.

Urban Persson
No, but it can need lots of new code in the g+ app and then testing and so on 

Stefan Svartling
Maybe but personally I don’t believe so. I already have three camera apps updated a day after the launch. So I don’t think that is too hard to do.

Lc KiNG
I’ve been waiting for the update hope it fixes the bug on notification.


  1. iOS (previously iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple Inc. Search for more info.  ↩