Google Apps for Business has traditionally been a cloud-based integrated software system that is accessed via a laptop or desktop computer.
Of course, users can access these products from a handheld device such as a tablet or mobile phone but that wasn’t the original idea.
However, never a company to just sit on its laurels, Google has been working on a way to integrate mobile apps, say, from Android devices with the online software.
One area that the firm has concentrated its resources on is Google+ – Google’s equivalent to Facebook.
The idea behind Google+ is to create circles of people – friends, relatives, co-workers, business colleagues and so on. While at the moment I personally rarely use the system, I can see how it can be of great benefit; especially for business users.
Google has been upgrading this aspect, which will also benefit all users. For instance, Google+ users can now pinpoint their location and share it with their circles.
I can see this as a very useful idea when trying to coordinate meet-ups with clients while on the move. With growing numbers of business people using mobile devices for business this can only enhance their experience.
Speaking with gmanetwork.com, Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, said: “Google+ gets better when we build it together. So today’s new Android app (v4.1) includes a number of highly-requested improvements.”
Referring to the new location feature, he added: “For example: you can share your pinpoint location with family, and your city-level location with co-workers. You can also use circles to filter who appears on your ‘Locations’ map.”