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Google+ gets an Android tablet app, coming to iPad soon

Google I/O 2012
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Google I/O 2012

On the evening before its first birthday, Google+ has released an Android tablet app and announced some platform statistics to help quieten cynics.

The tablet app is available for Android from today and on Apple’s mobile OS “very soon”. Microsoft didn’t get a mention. It includes a “lean back” version of Hangouts, larger images and sharper text.

Google also showcased the new Nexus 7 tablet and the next iteration of Android, Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean, to accompany today’s app release.

Overall, Google+ now has 250 million registered users (which includes those that have simply “upgraded” their Google account to include Google+), with 150 million or so of these classed as being active (signing-in) on a monthly basis. Around 75 million sign-in on a daily basis.

These statistics should be approached with caution though. Users that sign-in and are classed as active don’t necessarily have to interact directly on Google+. Instead a Google user that performs a Google Search or watches a video on YouTube can be classed as active on Google+ as all services are intrinsically linked.

Users have been found to spend on average 60 minutes per day on all Google products and 12 minutes per day on Google+. Compare this to an average time of 23 minutes spent per day on Facebook.com. More users interact on Google+ using mobile than desktop, hence today’s focus on mobile.

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Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.