Mar 18 AT 10:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Google releases native Buzz app in the form of a widget

Google makes some great mobile web apps, but I think the majority prefer a native Android app when one is available. Buzz is one of those services that deserved the native treatment and Google has delivered in the form of a widget.

Those running Android 1.6 or greater can grab the widget now and start posting to Buzz in a single click. The new interface has been simplified which makes it quicker and easier to make updates. I constantly had the browser version lock up on me when finding my location, but the native app has performed great so far.

I’m still not sold on the usefulness of Buzz, but the widget will definitely encourages me to use it more. At this point in time I still think I prefer the check-in apps (like Foursquare and Gowalla), but it is nice to share updates with my Google contacts.

Features of the Buzz widget include:

  • Quickly post buzz publicly or privately
  • Add photos to your post from the camera or gallery
  • Share your location or place
  • Quickly access buzz.google.com

Have no clue what Buzz is? Watch the video.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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  • http://www.mattdemers.com MattDemers

    Kind of disappointing how the widget just goes to the web app for viewing other buzzes, but not having to go into Google Maps to post photos with your buzzes is a godsend.

    Still very much off with the GPS (when it comes to businesses), but my Droid has that problem with Foursquare, too.

    I really love the home widget.

  • gargamel

    Sure would be nice if Sprint Hero users weren’t still stuck with adroid 1.5.

  • http://Website sean

    With the ability to share status updates content both video, audio and articles, Google could change Web 2.0 and create a service bringing real time in line with Youtube, Gmail, Blogger as well as integrating Twitter and Facebook to allow Social Networking to reach new levels
    Reasons to use it: http://bit.ly/google-buzz-opinionated-debacle

  • stalker

    Nice application. Thanks for info.

  • http://Website Nigel

    Still doesn’t work for me on my G1 with 1.6 when I try to include a photo. The Buzz refuses to post via GPRS, 3G and WiFi, it just says it’s uploading but never completes and gives no error message. Shame really as I think Buzz has potential, but Google really need to cater for Android 1.6+ and not just 2.1 (sorry to people stuck on 1.5)

  • http://Website Mocha K

    Can someone tell me what exactly buzz is?

    I want to download this but I really don’t know what its about.

    Thanks

  • http://www.markwheadon.com Mark Wheadon

    And it’s well crafted — simple, clear and obvious to use.

    I don’t have to use maps to post images which is great, particularly as maps insists on cropping the image to square, and doesn’t seem to accept images that have been through other apps (foxy editor and the photoshop.com app to name but two).

    Great stuff.

    Mark Wheadon

    • http://Website Drew

      As of the newest Maps update, it no longer asks you to crop photos. It still only allows one photo though, while the new widget allows you to add several at once, per post. No idea about the editor problem. I’ve still occasionally seen the issue where it says posted, but the link to the image is broken even though the image was successfully uploaded to picasa.

  • http://Website Terrell

    Lovin the app so far. A lot more people in my area have started to use it so this app came at a convenient time. I wish it didn’t send me to the mobile web page when trying to look at other peoples buzzes, but it is far more efficient then opening maps all the time.

    No real complaints so far. GPS is always on target when I have it on. For those who haven’t tried it, I strongly suggest you check it out. :-)

  • http://www.majauskas.com giedrius majauskas

    Sadly, this application is not available in some countries. The same goes for Google Maps (I still have google maps 3.4 instead 4.1 i) and no way to update it.

    • http://Website Max Omus

      @ giedrius,
      Oh there is alway’s a way, if your crafty & just do a little searching….

  • http://Website Mocha K

    Somehow it doesn’t post for me it just says its posting in my status bar and doesnt go away no matter how long i wait.=[

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