Google+ gets a mobile first redesign, focuses on interests

Google+ logoAfter having a good chunk of integration ripped away from it, Google+ is still trucking along as a social network. Today, Google announced a redesign for the site that focuses purely on the social aspects and moves the site from being people-based to focus more on "interests."

The new design brings a splash of color and more of Google's Material Design aesthetic to the desktop site. The whole thing looks a lot more like the mobile app. The header has changed from a boring gray to a bright red, and the mobile app's floating circular button even makes an appearance as the new way to write a post. The "core" of the site looks pretty much the sametext and images inside a scrolling list of cards.

Google+ gets a mobile first redesign, focuses on interests

The mobile app gets a bit of sprucing up as well. After experimenting with a bizarre drop-down navigation system, the mobile app finally goes back to the standard "hamburger" button, pulling it more in line with the rest of Google's apps. The app can't help but be a little crazy, though, as there is also now an iOS-style navigation bar on the bottom of the screen in both mobile apps.

Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Google's blog post on the redesign seems to indicate that "people" are now taking a backseat to "interests" on Google+. "Today, were starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center," the post reads. "Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler." That sounds a lot less like Facebook and more like Reddit.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Google, Google+, social networks

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