Google+ SMS connectivity extended to 41 new countries

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

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • 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.
  • Seriously? I love Holo.Light.DarkActionBar. That's your own distaste only, I guess.
  • I wouldn't say only. I also want my green back. :)
  • Why not enable us to SMS to those countries via Google Voice. Bloody hell.
  • 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.
  • Europe or GTFO
  • I just would like them to support MMS... or at least not fail silently when an MMS is sent to my gv number.