iOS users, rejoice! Google has rolled out an update for the Google+ app, bringing several new features to iOS users. The most prominent change you will no doubt notice, is the option to enable instant upload of photos. Another addition is the What’s Hot stream, which lets you in on the hottest Google+ public posts. Both these features were already available on the Android version, and are now rolling out on the iOS version as well.
When you launch the new app for the first time, you will get to choose whether you want to enable instant upload or not, and whether the app will use Wi-Fi and 3G for automatic uploads or Wi-Fi only. If you choose to turn instant uploads on, every photo you take using your device’s camera, will automatically be uploaded to Google+, into a private “Photos from your phone” album. You can then choose to share some of the photos, or simply keep them as backup.
Note that instant upload only works when the Google+ app is running, and for several minutes after it’s turned off. Therefore, although Google does advertise the feature as backup, it cannot really be trusted to back up your camera roll at all times.
Another amusing little addition is the “Shake for Feedback” feature. No matter where you are in the app, shaking your device will load the feedback form, where you can give Google feedback about the app. A nice way to get people aware of the feedback option.
Did you try the new version yet? What do you think of the instant upload option?