Google+ SMS

When Google+ launched last summer, users in India and the United States were able to interact with their circles via SMS, however other territories have so far been left out of the text-based fun. That changes today, as Google+'s SMS features are rolled out to 41 new countries, mostly in the developing world --

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

The idea is to allow G+ members to interact in places where standard voice and SMS coverage is available, but mobile data is not. By texting a particular number on a supported carrier, users can post to their stream, either publicly, or to a specific circle. Likewise, any responses are fed back by text message.

A list of networks supporting these new SMS features can be found over on the Google+ support page.

Source: Google India Blog

There are 7 comments

hmmm says:

I don't get why Google comes up with the beautiful Holo theme in ICS then makes all of their apps have eyeball burning white backgrounds. They need to invert all of them to be like their Gingerbread stock email app with black backgrounds and white letters.

Sorry I guess this was a little off topic. That picture just illustrates my distaste for Google's choice of app design.

15israellai says:

Seriously? I love Holo.Light.DarkActionBar. That's your own distaste only, I guess.

tewdogs says:

I wouldn't say only. I also want my green back. :)

spielnicht says:

Why not enable us to SMS to those countries via Google Voice. Bloody hell.

icebike says:

Is it just me, or has GV seemed to have stalled out. Not much new development, no new features, and no expansion beyond its original coverage area.

DrDoppio says:

Europe or GTFO

tewdogs says:

I just would like them to support MMS... or at least not fail silently when an MMS is sent to my gv number.