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.
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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