Google finally launched its highly-anticipated Google+ app for the iPhone yesterday, and the app has already climbed to the number one position in the App Store’s Top Free chart!
That’s an impressive amount of downloads for an app that’s still in an invite-only beta…
The official Google+ app has been met with a lot of initial criticism since its release, but it continues to sit comfortably on top of other flagship apps in the App Store.
Almost immediately following its release to the public, Google pushed a 1.0.1 update to the Google+ app with several bug fixes and performance enhancements. Users have been reporting frequent crashes, and the app has been confirmed as unusable on the iOS 5 developer beta. Google recommended deleting the original app and reinstalling the 1.0.1 version to fix stability issues.
Google’s web app for the social network still works in Mobile Safari, but the design of that interface leaves much to be desired.
Google+ is still sending out invites to users that have placed requests, and those already in the network are able to invite friends with a limited number of invites. It’s estimated that the network has reached 18 million+ users. We still don’t see Google+ as a competitor for Facebook, but the official Google+ app’s success definitely bodes well for the young social network.
What do you think about the success of Google+? Is it just a fad, or something more?