Google+ for iPad, iPod Touch coming 'soon'

And gaffe gives earliest iPhone adopters an unstable version

Google will offer a Google+ app for the iPad and iPod Touch "soon," a company product manager said today.

"Please give us time. We will have support for all those devices soon," said Punit Soni, the lead product manger of Google+ for mobile, on his Google+ stream .

Soni was responding to numerous questions -- and some complaints -- from users frustrated that the Google+ app released earlier Monday runs only on the iPhone.

His comment was part of a thread in which Soni urged the earliest adopters to remove Google+ from their iPhone.

"When we launched, the App Store started serving a previous test version of the app which didn't have the stability and fixes that the latest version had," Soni said. "It started serving the correct version a little later. If you downloaded within the first 1 hour 40 minutes, you may have downloaded the older test version."

The incorrect version was identified as 1.0.1765, while the more stable edition is 1.0.1.1809.

Soni told users with the too-early version to uninstall it, then reinstall it from the App Store.

Some users who installed the unstable version -- including one Computerworld staffer -- used the App Store's update mechanism to download 1.0.1809, but then experienced problems.

"Managed to update and it has hung on the signing in screen," said someone identified as Pauline Sweetman. "Could be a long evening."

The earliest adopters of Google+ for the iPhone were served an unstable version, Google says.

Computerworld found that rebooting the iPhone -- powering it off, then turning it back on -- solved the sign-in hanging issue.

As of 4 p.m. ET the Google+ app was still not available via an App Store search, requiring users to download it through iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC.

Google+ can be found here on the App Store.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@computerworld.com .

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