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Google+ Gets A Simple And Beautiful Design Overhaul

Google+ just got a total overhaul to its already pretty design. The layout, navigation and features have all been updated and beautified. It actually looks pretty good.

First, navigation. There’s a new navigation ribbon on the left side of Google+ with draggable icons for for your profile, photos, hangouts and other Google+ apps. Google’s also emphasised sharing large photos and videos, from anywhere on Google — YouTube, search, etc. And there’s a new Hangouts page so you don’t have to set them up specifically or haphazardly bump into them in your stream. There’s also a new Twitter-like trending box in the upper right corner of your homescreen, which ties into the full-network-trending Explore page.

No one’s ever questioned that Google+ is a well-designed, thoughtful social network — it’s just been a matter of getting butts in the seats. If Google’s really serious about making this redesign apparent in all facets of using anything Google, this might make that happen. [Google]