Google+ “Hangouts” will be open for integration into other products

If you’ve spent much time in Google+, you’ve probably discovered that Hangouts are one of the best new features in there.  We’ve now learned, via Justin Uberti’s blog, that they’ll be opening it up so other services can interoperate with Hangouts.

As Janko Roettgers of GigaOM says:

Opening up Hangouts could be a boon for developers of smaller third-party apps and possibly even kick-start the development of mobile clients (the feature is currently only usable from the desktop), but bigger competitors can’t be happy about this idea.

It could be killer.  Even if Google doesn’t have plans for mobile hangouts, I’m sure some developers will do their best to post it over to iPad/Honeycomb and other tablet (or even phone-based) operating systems.

Have you tried a Hangout yet?  What do you think of this latest developement?

The Google+ app for iPhone has been submitted to Apple for approval

We all knew that an iOS app for Google+ was coming eventually, but no one has known if the app was still being built by Google or if it had been submitted to Apple for approval.  Now we know: it’s in Apple’s hands.

Earlier today, Googler Erica Joy made it very clear in a post on Google+:

For my iPhone using friends: the Google+ iPhone app has been submitted to the App store (no not today, sometime prior to today) and is awaiting approval.

No telling when it might arrive, but I’d expect it within a week or two.  Of course, this helps to showcase a major downside to Apple’s app approval process — the Android app has already been updated twice with minor bug fixes, and it’s only been out a few days.  If there are any bugs in the iOS app, it’ll take weeks to get the bug fixes approved for the app store.

There’s the added advantage of Android having the auto-upload option for photos, which can be quite awesome — and Apple will almost certainly deny for the iOS app.  For example, I shot a handful of photos at my daughter’s birthday party yesterday.  While we continued to play, the photos silently uploaded in the background.  When we settled down after eating cake, I was able to create an album for them on my phone and show them off in a matter of seconds.  It’s brilliant!

It’ll be interesting to see what features are included when it’s finally released.