I've just had a quick play with the new version, and it is a mixed bag. Who should I send feedback to? +Ben Eidelson
? +Louis Gray
? +Larry Page
? :)The Good
- Being able to edit comments after posting = godsend
- More intelligent tagging. Now the app allows me to tag someone higher up in the conversation, even though they're not in my circles.
- In general, the app feels smoother than it used to.The Bad
- Can't +1 comments or view comment +1s. This is a big requested feature.
- I got a random Google+ Force Close when browsing Android Market. Did anyone else have this?
- Notifications are now out of thumb reach, requiring two-handed use for anyone who uses the phone with their left hand. If it's hard for me, imagine for someone who really does only have one hand ;) But it seems that this is a trend where Google are trying to move as many menu functions as possible to the action bar, even though we had a perfectly good menu button on all pre-ICS devices. I guess they don't realise that they are forcing two-handed use of their devices.
- The G+ group messenger service still seems to exist in a world of its own, with zero connectivity with Google Talk in the browser or on mobile. It doesn't even tell you which of your friends are using the service, so messages send on the group messenger could just be floating in the ether with no-one reading them, and you would never know.
- The Feedback button now launches a mobile website that auto defaults its language settings. That might seem to be a smart function, but I live in Hong Kong, and even though I'm not Chinese the Feedback form auto-defaults to Chinese. Worse still, there is no obvious way to change the language back to English. When there is no way to override automatic language settings, a smart function becomes really really stupid. Every single site with automatic language settings must have a language selection switch somewhere.
- Still no option to initiate Hangouts from the mobile app. Hangouts launched from mobile (perhaps as part of the group messenger service) would be the ultimate communication tool.
- Sharing from other Android apps like YouTube just creates a link in the G+ post. It would be great if the embedded player appeared in the post like it does on the desktop site.The Ugly
- Automatic Video Uploads appear to have been removed from the app without a single mention in the release notes. I only found out after upgrading to the latest release, and there appears to be no way to easily downgrade to the previous version. Removing features is one thing, but not even mentioning the removal in release notes and having no obvious way to downgrade is unacceptable.
Sorry for my mini rant. I like the Good
features, and the Bad
ones will hopefully be fixed in future releases, but the Ugly
point really annoyed me.