Google has redesigned its social network Google+, offering more customisable navigation, a new profile page, ‘conversation cards’ and a dedicated Hangouts page. It will roll out to users in the next few days.
It’s the first redesign of Google+ since its public launch in September as Google bolsters the service to become more competitive with Facebook.
Google redesigned the top icons, changing them into a “dynamic ribbon of applications.” Users will be able to drag apps up or down as they prefer or can hover over apps to reveal a set of quick actions. They will also be able to hide apps in the ‘More’ section.
The revamped Google+ will also have a stream of ‘conversation cards’ which Google says will make it easier to scan and join discussions. There will also be an activity drawer which highlights the community around the content which users post.
Google+ Hangouts, which offers live video chatting, will get its own dedicated page, including a list of invitations from people in the user’s Google+ circles. The page will give fast access to each public and on-air Hangout and will show popular Hangouts.
Google+ will also have a new Explore page which shows what’s trending across the social network. It will also offer a new profile with larger photos and a new chat list.
The Google+ redesign will roll out to all users in the next few days. Take a look at this video from Google to see what the new Google+ will look like: