Google+ for iPhone got a complete overhaul today, rolling out a visually appealing new interface. The iPhone app adds more prominent Plus One buttons and replaces the current stream with with full-screen posts that scroll .
Many of the buttons and links have been replaced with border less text, foregoing the traditional iOS buttons. The interface tweaks are a break from many other iOS apps which stick to a fairly standard templace. The Google+ for iPhone update also adds large, san serif fonts and images that flow from one to another without white space. Google is calling the large images “full-bleed photos.”
Giving a post a “Plus One” is much easier as there is a larger button and more prominent pop-up notification. The text accompanying photos or updates sits neatly on the bottom half. Tap on the image to be taken to the full post, which includes an excellent visual transition.
Other functionality and limitations remain the same. For example, it is not yet possible for Google+ page owners to update or edit their content from the Google+ for iPhone app. Also, profile information is a hybrid of public and private information.
Android users do not need to be jealous of the Google+ updates. Google announced that a similar design is coming to the Android version in a few weeks, including some “extra surprises.”
Other Google apps have users impatiently waiting for an update or release. For example, the Gmail app received considerable consternation for its limited functionality. Also, Google Drive users can access their content through an official Android app, but not yet for iOS. Google has previously announced that an app for iPhone and iPad is coming soon.