Google+ Gets A Huge Material Redesign, Here’s How To Manually Get It On The Web
Google has announced an all new revamped version of Google+ for the desktop, mobile apps, and even the mobile web. The update is now available on the web and will be rolling out to Android and iOS soon. Luke Wroblewsk of Google says that this update was built with feedback from users in mind.
To do so, we’ve drastically simplified nearly every aspect of the product. You’ll see this clearly in our new navigation centered around Collections and Communities. Collections let you immerse yourself in content about topics like surfing or tiny tilt-shift photography scenes. Communities enable groups of people with the same interests to join up and geek out on anything from Game of Thrones to Painting. With Collections and Communities, discovering amazing things is simple: just follow or join whatever happens to pique your interests.
But we didn’t stop with Collections and Communities; the new Google+ also makes it easier to post, search, connect, and keep up with great content in a fully redesigned home stream. And we’ve worked hard to make our new web experience load fast and work beautifully on devices of all sizes.
Another major comes in load times. While the previous version of the Google+ homepage came in at a massive 22mb in size, the new one comes in at just 327KB. That’s amazing no matter how you look at it.
The new look is rolling out to users online by account and they will be given a prompt to take the new update and they’ll also be allowed to easily switch back to the previous update. However if you want to manually check out the new design, you can do that quite easily. You’ll need to go into Settings > Manage other apps & activity > Manage Google+ Activity. From there simply hit the search bar at the top of the screen and you’ll be able to have the new Google+ design. Right now things revert back if you refresh the page, but it’s a nice way to check out the design a little early.