The Google+ team has just announced a new look for its +1 button, the first since Google’s social layer launched last year.

It has dropped the red and blue look that we’re used to and has gone completely red and white:

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If you aren’t sure what it looked like before, here’s the colorful “Google” version:

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Here’s what the team had to say about the change:

Following in the footsteps of our new red and white Google+ icon, the +1 button is sporting a fresh coat of paint. Starting today, this update will be visible first to our Google+ Platform Preview Group and shortly thereafter we’ll roll it out to the public.

The +1 buttons you’ve already installed will automatically update; there’s nothing you need to do. Stop by the updated configuration tool to see how these changes look across all the various sizes and shapes of the +1 button.

The updated configuration tool lets you see a preview of the +1 button in different shapes and sizes and then gives you the code to put on your page or blog.

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As the team mentioned, the change will be gradual and won’t require an update from site owners.