Nearly a year ago, the Internet giant rolled out Google+ Sign-In as a way to counter Facebook Connect, a feature web site owners predominantly tap to simplify the sign in and account creation process for their users.
The Google+ SDK for iOS was released shortly after, giving Apple’s registered iOS developers a set of tools and social plugins to write programs that are deeply integrated with the Google+ thing.
Although apps that support Google+ Sign-In are few and far between, at least relative to Facebook Connect-enabled mobile software, more and more developers are integrating Google+ features into their warez. The latest example: SoundCloud, an online audio distribution platform that today updated its iOS app with support for Google+ Sign-In and sharing…
Support for Google+ Sign-In in the new SondCloud version 2.6 makes it possible to log in or create an account just by providing your Google+ credentials. The feature works just like advertised and is much akin to Facebook Connect.
Upon providing your Google+ credentials and approving the integration, the app pulls your Google+ user name, email address, profile image and other data, saving time versus manually filling in your information.
And if you’re an active Google+ user, you can now easily share your audio files on Google’s social thing. Another small tweak: SoundCloud has brought back the Airplay icon in the player so you can stream your music to Airplay-enabled speakers and AirPort devices or to your telly through the Apple TV.
The Android build was updated with Google+ Sign-In features last week.
On a related note, Google late-April promised to surface app activities in Google Search through Google+ Sign-In integration.
An example app activity aggregation for SoundCloud in Google search.
This augments your search experience by adding a layer containing, say, the most popular SoundCloud activities by your friends. That additional information is displayed right along your search results on Google.com, provided you are signed in when searching.