Last week the Google+ iOS app, which right now is designed for iPhone but able to run on the iPad, was updated to Version 18.104.22.1686 (is that joke not getting old by now?).
One of the biggest new features in the update is the ability to join Google+ hangouts from within the app. Hangouts are one of the coolest features of Google+ so this is a very nice add-in for the iOS app.
Yesterday I finally got a chance to give it a quick try. I joined a hangout started by Steven Hodson, and it all worked well. Even though I was running an iPhone app in 2X mode, the video quality was OK and audio was fine. I did find that I wasn’t able to join when Steven chose to create a ‘hangout with extras’.
A bonus bit of fun for me was that Louis Gray joined in the hangout to get a chance to chat with Steven. Louis is the new Product Marketing Manager for Google+ and an excellent blogger on social networks and more. I knew Louis from Friendfeed and actually got my Google+ invite on its first night in private beta from him – so it was cool to meet him quickly in a hangout.
I enjoy Google+ so I’m hoping we’ll soon see the ability to create hangouts from the iOS app, and of course an iPad or universal app.