The race for the top social network isn’t over yet, Facebook. Giant search engine company Google expands its realms to the social networking world with the announcement of Google+, a site that could be mistaken for Facebook, if not for the logo and design. Google+ has its version of Facebook Groups with Circles (plus easy-to-use privacy settings for each ‘circle’) and Facebook Chat with Huddles (plus a video chatting feature called Hangouts). What would possibly dethrone Facebook, experts say, would be the integration of Android for photo uploads.
Google+, while it appears to be like Facebook in more ways than one, is obviously better than the previous Google releases like Buzz and Wave. However, with the former’s stark similarities to Facebook, one would wonder, what would make 700 million users and counting to jump to a site with very similar features? Some say the answer is Photos. Facebook is the world’s largest photo sharing service, with close to 100 billion photos in its system. With the inclusion of Android in the picture, Google+ has its advantages.
Everyday, 500 thousand Android phones are activated, and as of May 2011, over 100 million Android devices are active worldwide. Imagine all these devices with the ability to ‘Instant Uploads,’ with which photos from Android-enabled devices can be uploaded immediately online, and by default, private only to the user. Of course, Google+ has its Android app, but the whole system is not available for all users yet– one needs an invitation to sign in.
Here’s a sneak peek on how Google+ works for Android: