At the Google I/O developers conference today in San Francisco, Google announced that Google+ would be getting 41 new features that affect the Stream, Hangouts and Photos sections.

Google’s Vic Gundotra announced the new multi-column design for the Stream, which will go live today. The redesign features a bunch of clever animations and cards that look a lot like Google Now, with strong hints of Pinterest’s masonry-style layout.


One of the new features is the ability to click on a photo to flip it over and view related photos under that same hashtag. I’m sure this will be popular for some, but it seems that it could lead to a lot of completely random stuff that will feel clever at first and overwhelming later. Gundotra says that you will be able to exempt your photos from the ‘related’ hashtag.

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 Google clarified that the new design is responsive and will adjust to screen sizes. In addition, this 3-column layout will make its way across devices. If you’re not a fan, Google will also allow you to view the stream in a single-column layout.

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