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Google+ UI refresh coming soon to Android with new “surprises,” seen already on iPhone

May 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka



Google+ has undergone several changes since the dap debuted last year, and another one is in the pipeline. Google SVP of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced today that there would be design changes to the Google+ Mobile app coming soon. There’s no word on an exact date when those changes will be, but you can get an early idea based on the iPhone upgrade that just went live.

Yes, the iPhone app got the update first, but Google+ members can “expect this to show up on Android in the next few weeks (with a few additional surprises),” Gundotra wrote on his G+ page. A blog post containing screenshots and a description of the changes showcase what users can expect.

I’m not sure if Gundotra meant that all of these design changes would come to Android, but I’d bet my next to last paycheck that he means these new features will arrive but with tweaks closer to Android design conventions. So don’t take these pics to be exact representations of what’s coming, but more of a look at the major changes in the following areas:

  • Larger profiles and crisper fonts for text
  • Light gradients and overlays
  • Stream posts load faster and appear as you scroll
  • Easier +1 and other response options
  • Faster access to captions and comments on shared photos
  • Redesigned profile page

As for the surprises, anyone’s guess is as good as mine. My last paycheck is on the app finally gaining proper tablet support. Google+ was built on the Android Holo UI conventions, but it hasn’t done anything to take advantage of the large screen sizes of tablets. My guess is that Gundotra and company will surprise us with a tablet view built into the Google+ version sent to arrive in a few weeks.