Google+ gets new look, new features
Google has announced that Google+, its social network, is getting a major design overhaul with a new user interface to make things easier to share.
The new features and new look is still to be rolled out to the 170m Google+ users, however that hasn’t stopped Google detailing what you can expect to see when the update does land in your Google+.
“One of the first things you’ll notice is a new way to get around the stream. Instead of static icons at the top, there’s a dynamic ribbon of applications on the left.”
According to Google: “This approach comes with lots of perks” - such as the ability to drag apps up or down to create the order you want, the ability to hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions and the ability to show or hide apps if you don’t want them.
As with Facebook, Google is seeing that people like sharing photos so it is doing its best - without buying companies like Instagram for $1bn - to make photo sharing easier and more enjoyable.
You now get full-bleed photos and videos, a stream of conversation "cards" that make it easier to scan and join discussions, and an activity drawer that highlights the community around your content.
Google+ Hangouts also gets a stronger focus in the new design and now there is now a dedicated Hangouts page.
Finally, if you are bored with your life you can see what others are chirping about with a new “Explore page” that shows what's interesting and trending across the network.
According to Google the company is rolling out the new update in the next couple of days.