Sharing is deeply sensory. From cooking a favorite meal to getting together with friends, it’s the smells and the tales and the smiles that constitute human connections so essential. With Google+ we desire to extend these moments online, so it’s only fair to focus on the most personal of personal computers: your mobile telephone.
To be clear, we’re not interested in a mobile or social familiarity that’s just smaller. We’re embracing the sensor-rich smartphone (with its touchable screen and high-density exhibit), and transforming Google+ into something more intimate, and more expressive. Today’s fresh iPhone app is an vital step in this direction—toward a simpler, more gorgeous Google.
A feast for the eyes
Complete-bleed photos and videos are cool. However you know what’s really cool? Content so immersive it remakes your mobile device into a rich carousel of beloved memories and breaking news. That’s the Google+ familiarity we aspire to, and today’s release helps us get closer:
Whether you advertise photos or articles or words, we’re making ‘em gaze gooood
We’re adding crisper fonts, larger profile pics and a friendlier homescreen
We’re making the stream simpler to scan, and simpler on the eyes with overlays, gradients and other visual elements
A stream you can swim in
Looks alone aren’t enough—you also demand an app that’s quick and fluid. Much a simple swipe gesture can inspire the same “wheeee!” as the bubble wands and ball pits we delight in(ed) as kids. So today’s update pays special attention to fun and performance:
Conversations fall into view as you go forward and backward in age
Optical cues (like parallax) aid the intellect linger on individual posts
Vital actions like +1 immediately float atop the stream, making it simple to endorse all your favorites
The end result—we hope—is an app that brings you closer to the human beings you attention about, and the stuff you’re into; an app with sense and soul. However please, give it a go and let us know what you reckon. The iPhone update is rolling outside immediately to the App Store (version 220.127.116.1188), and the Android update is coming in a hardly any weeks (with a hardly any extra surprises).
Selected screenshots from today’s mobile update
Posted by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President
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