Google+ redesigns as competition hots up

For Google+ enthusiasts, the social site redesigned its pages last week. The new look is aimed at giving an easier user experience, says Google.

“We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at,” Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra said in a blog post, last week. “Most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google.”

With only 170 million users on the platform, Google+ is in the race with Facebook, which is steam rolling to 1 billion users. There is a lot to do for Google’s social network. But they have a few components that are working for them. This includes the Hangout section. This video group chat has become popular among users including news programs such as NTV’s (Nation Television) PM Live.

“It’s still early days, and there’s plenty left to do, but we’re more excited than ever to build a seamless social experience, all across Google,” Gundotra said. “We’re aiming for an experience that fuses utility with beauty.”

The new features include better video and photo view. Users can see bigger photos in addition to play and share videos seamlessly. Most buttons have been aligned on the left side in one column. Google+ is the youngest among the social networks, but they are willing to give it their all to give Facebook a run for its money.

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