A newly redesigned Google+ User Interface is rolling out to users everywhere. Google’s aim is to makes the social network a simpler, more beautiful one. The buttons that were fixated on the top of the screen are gone and have been replaced by a customizable ribbon on the left hand side of the screen.The stream now features a much larger media content area emphasizing photos and videos (hmm sounds like another social network we know) and streams are now organized into cards for easier viewing. The new interface has a vertical navigation bar that lets you reorder and hide apps. When you mouse over an app, Google+ shows a list of quick actions, making it easier to add third-party apps in the future. An activity drawer has been added that highlights the community around your content.
Navigation you can make your own
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. This approach comes with lots of perks, but some of our favorites include:
- You can drag apps up or down to create the order you want
- You can hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions
- You can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”
Images of the newly-redesigned Google+ as well as videos available on Google’s Blog.