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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Google+ iPad App Updated – Adds Ability to Open Links in Chrome Browser

GooglePlus iPad app

The Google+ app for iPad (and iPhone) was updated yesterday - and has added one very notable new feature. It now lets you open links in the Chrome web browser if you have the Chrome app installed on your iPad.

Given that Apple does not allow users to choose their preferred browser on the iPad, it's a bit surprising to see that this update was approved. If it just slipped through, then maybe we'll see Google forced to issue another update that removes this functionality. If that doesn't happen, then that would be a good omen towards one day seeing Apple let us choose our preferred browser in iOS. And wouldn't that be great to see.

One other notable thing about this update: Google decided to stop using goofy version numbers (an April update was Version - this one is a simple 3.1. Here's the change list for it:

Web links in posts now open in Chrome (if installed)
Teens can now join and create Hangouts
Instant Upload bug fixes to improve performance

Here's an App Store link for Google+ for iPad; it's a free app.

What do you all think of this update? Have you got Google+ and Chrome installed on your iPads?

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