Google has been very hesitant to share Google+ data with 3rd party partners. Today however, Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of product management, announced the integration of Google+ on Flipboard. The announcement was made at LeWeb ’12 in London.
The new integration is made possible thanks to a new Google API that not only allows public data to be pulled, but also to use the API to update to also update and publish posts. A prototype was displayed at the conference showing the integration:
The ironic item is that Flipboard doesn’t have a presence on Android. Google+ hasn’t branched out to create iPad specific apps yet, so this could be a way to provide access to Apple tablet users, without directly cater to them. When talking about tablets and mobile Horowitz jabbed at competitor Facebook a bit saying:
“We’re dramatically investing in mobile … For us, mobile usage is not a problem. It doesn’t impact our business model. It’s a good thing for us.”
Another interesting item on the Flipboard/Google+ partnership came from Robert Scoble who hinted that:
“This is the beginning of a real API. One that can write and read.”
In the comments he also hinted that he did have knowledge of the partnership before hand and that:
“I had to keep quiet until he announced it on stage. I can’t WAIT for next week at GoogleIO, either. This is just the first of a number of big bangs coming.”
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