I created a Google+ account last week, in order to kick the tires a bit. I am going to hold off on a full review until I get some circles going, test the group video chat functions, etc.
I do want to mention one puzzling feature that Google has built into this thing.
I don’t get it.
This makes for super easy uploading of images to your profile. Android phone…cellular radio connection…there you go. This app will run a cron job to dump your photos to your Google plus profile. The default setting is to allow this when you set up the Google+ Android app, with all new photos dumped to a private (non-shared) folder on your G+ account.
I opened up my settings and let this one rip.
It took about 20 seconds for that picture to show up in my private folder. Cool implementation, but pretty impractical.
Issues I have with this:
* Increased data usage. Especially as unlimited plans are goners.
* Battery nukage. One more thing to kill -9.
* Location data. Real time seeding a DB with your lat/long.
* Duplicate media. Primarily for deletions…two is worse than one.
* Neccessary? USB cord…bluetooth…MMS…physical media…email…
Suffice to say, I will have this ‘feature’ disabled. Stay tuned for the full review, and holler if you would like an invite.