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Google announced at its I/O Developers Conference on Wednesday that Google+ will receive several new features that affect users’ Streams, Hangouts Google+ Hangouts On Air Adds Faster Start Times, Instant Recordings, Broadcast Rewinding, & Mobile Improvements [Updates] Google+ Hangouts On Air Adds Faster Start Times, Instant Recordings, Broadcast Rewinding, & Mobile Improvements [Updates] Google+ Hangouts On Air users (which you will become if you join the official MakeUseOf Hangout on Friday) will soon find that a few highly-requested features have been added to the service. As part of... Read More , and Photos. There are 41 features in total, and each one is aimed at the benefit of its users.

The most notable of these changes is the redesigned layout for the Google+’s Stream. Revealed by Google’s Vic Gundotra at the conference, the redesign features new animations and cards that closely resemble Google Now, although a better comparison would be to Pinterest’s pinboard-like layout.

With that said, the new stream features multiple columns for viewing content. You can click photos to flip them over and view related photos under the same hashtag, but for those of you who worry about privacy, there’s the a way to exclude your photos from being attached to the hashtag.

Interestingly enough, the new layout is responsive to various devices, so it will adjust to varying screen sizes. But rather than automatically adjusting the three-column layout to a single-column layout for mobile devices, the three-column layout will remain usable. If you aren’t partial to this design, then you have the option to switch to a single-column layout.

If you’d like to check out the Google+ redesign, you should be happy to know that it was released on Wednesday. Give it a look and see what you think. Also, while you’re there, check out the other features that Google has announced.


Do you like the new Google+ Stream layout? What do you think of the other new features?

Source: TheNextWeb

  1. David Jr.
    May 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    This looks better than the previous design made by them, its much more cleaner. I like the way it looks on my iPhone and Andriod, the pixels have been optimized for better viewing of the text. Speaking of the text the fonts are much easier on the eye's.

  2. Justine
    May 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Maybe I am just too old, what is the "big" thing about google+? Is it a language like c++? I find faceplant enough.. When google launced this g+, it was not possible to sign up, I guess I just never became attached, I had faceplant.. Why do I need something else??

    Is myspace still active??

  3. imota
    May 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I love it !

  4. Nevzat A
    May 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I really loved the new interface and new features, well done Google. It's joy to use the new site.

  5. Rama moorthy
    May 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    all new features are cool and awesome ..! :) :P happy to use this ..! :)

  6. macwitty
    May 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    No i do not like it. If I want Pinterest I go to Pinterest. Anyhow it is not too bad in single column view. I do wish there was a way to make images in portrait mode a bit smaller, now they sometimes take up the whole screen and one can not see if there are any comments when use J to jump between the posts

    For us who like shortcut - press ? and to get a list of them

    • Christopher Brightwell
      May 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I couldn't agree more. I find the new layout to be distracting, like REALLY distracting. Although I do like the Circle selection menu bar. I'm usually not adverse to change but in this case..... I've really like G+, so much so that I kicked FB to the curb. I'm worried that I'm going to end up slowly backing away from G+ too if I don't have any control over the layout of my feed.

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