Google+ Unveils Their New Design: We explain all the new features you can expect to see.
Last week Google+ unveiled their new design which has been 2 years in the making. Their aim was to put the tools downs and focus on each other and real-life sharing to software. The new Google+ design “help you easily explore content as well as dramatically improving your online photo experience to give your crisp, beautiful photos – without the work”!
Google+ focused on enhancing three key areas: Stream, Hangouts and Photos.
“We’ve worked hard to make our phone and tablet apps intimate and immersive — today we’re just improving them further and adapting their design for the web”
- A multi-column layout: which means you don’t have to scroll quite as much to see what’s new in your stream. Opt for one, two, or three columns of content depending on your screen size and orientation.
- Large-sized media: Photos and videos can fill the entire width of the stream, making it easier to scan, and nicer to look at.
- Delightful animations: The sharebox bounces, the menus slide, and the cards flip and fade — just to name a few.
What else can you expect to see?
Other sites let you scroll through stuff that’s been shared with you, but it’s nearly impossible to read more about a particular topic. You can move up and down the page (like a never-ending newspaper), but you can’t “go deeper” on your interests. To combat this, Google+ has created an option of adding related hashtags to the stream.
Suppose, for example, that you’re reading about your favorite sports team:
- Goo+ will look at the post, determine what it’s about, and tag it accordingly (#GoldCostSuns and #GaryAblett).
- Behind the scenes, Google+ will identify and rank relevant conversations across the network.
- When you click on the related hashtag, it will flip the card, and let you browse related content inline.
If you already tag your posts, they will be displayed in a similar fashion. And you can remove Google-added tags from your content at any time.
Goggle+ are launching a stand-alone version of Hangouts that combines Google+ Messenger, Google Talk/Chat and the old Hangout feature. This means that now text chat, photos, video chat, photo sharing and group conversations and live video are more useful on the most popular platforms such as Android, iOS and your computer.
The app is fast, free, and includes a number of key benefits, like:
- Messaging is richer, and more responsive: Photos and emoji make conversations more fun, while real-time activity indicators really bring them to life.
- Your conversations can last: With conversation history, you can swipe back in time and relive all your favorite moments. (You can also turn off history, if you want.)
- You can always say hello, face-to-face-to-face: Whether you’re 1-on-1 or with a group of friends, you can always make a free video call to everyone you’re with.
- The app is available in lots of places: You can download Hangouts from Google Play, the App Store, and the Chrome Web Store.
Launching a set of initiatives aimed at improving your photos automatically — basically your camera, plus Google’s cloud. Here’s a few things you’ll enjoy once your pictures are powered by Google:
- Auto Backup (aka Instant Upload): Too many pictures stay stranded on the phone, so with your permission, Google+ will automatically back up your mobile pics as you snap them.
- Auto Highlight: Auto Highlight helps you find your favorites faster by de-emphasizing duplicates, blurry images and poor exposures, and focusing instead on pictures with the people you care about, landmarks, and other positive attributes. Simply visit the Photos page, and you’ll see your Highlights ready to share.
- Auto Enhance: A new way to improve brightness, contrast, saturation, structure, noise, focus… and dozens of other factors automatically. Simply upload some photos, then open the lightbox to see Google’s enhancements. And that’s it. (And of course: you can undo the changes at any time.
- Auto ‘Awesome’: Sometimes Google+ will create a brand new image based on a set of photos in your library. For example: if you upload a sequence of photos, they will try and animate them automatically. Or if you send them a few family portraits, they will find everyone’s best smile, and stitch them together into a single shot. Likewise with panoramas, filmstrips, and a whole lot more. Google+ refer to these these kinds of enhancements Auto Awesome.
What do you think of Google+ new layout and features?