Google+ RedesignedApr 13 2012 - Google - Farhad Divecha
Google has just started to roll out a freshly redesigned page for Google+. This page will have new features that will improve the user experience.
Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra has said on his Google+ page “We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google.”
Since Google+ is now tied up with other Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Docs and others, Google+ has reached the 170 million users level. However, it is not exactly known how many of these users are active.
Larry Page says, “Well over 100 million users are active on Google+”
The new page has a new customizable navigation bar on the left hand side. This allows users to drag and drop apps to arrange them in whatever order suits them best. Apps that are not likely to be used often can be hidden behind the ‘More’ panel.
The redesign also provides for bigger photos and videos. An ‘Activity Drawer’ highlights members of the community and trending topics.
A new Hangouts page shows Hangouts that are happening in that circle. Users can also access public hangouts.
An ‘Explore’ page can be accessed from the left hand navigation bar that allows users to access fresh content, when there is no news from friends.
Since the roll out has just been started, it will be a few days before all users across the world have access to this new redesign.