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Bold redesign of Google+ iPhone app (photos)

Google's new design of its Google+iPhone app has redefined mobile sharing and presentation in social media. Here's a closer look at what's significant in the new app.

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The new Google+ iPhone app

The new Google+ iPhone app is a much more visual experience. This social media post from photographer Trey Ratliff provides an example of the great visuals in the app.
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A post in the new Google+ iPhone app

Here's another example of a social media post in the new Google+ iPhone app. This one is from Google+ chief Vic Gundotra.
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Main menu in new Google+ iPhone app

Take a look at the new main menu.
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Stream picker in new Google+ iPhone app

When you go to the main stream, you can select All Circles to see updates from all your contacts or What's Hot to see new hot updates that are trending (a useful new feature), or select one of your specific circles to view.
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Photos in new Google+ iPhone app

The photos section has also been redesigned.
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Stream in new Google+ iPhone app

This is an example of the Google+ stream.
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Inside a post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's another example of what a post looks like when you click into it in the new Google+.
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Another post in new Google+ iPhone app

Again, here's what a story looks like when you post it in Google+.
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Image post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's a nice image that's paired with an article and looks great in the new Google+ app.
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Video post in new Google+ iPhone app

Even when you post a video in the new Google+ app, it can pull an image from the thumbnail of the video.
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Photo post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's what photo galleries look like in the new Google+ app.
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A repost in new Google+ iPhone app

This is a repost of another post. Notice that under the text from Vic Gundotra you can see the name Alan Shapiro and his photo on the left. Shapiro was the person who originally posted the update.
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An image-less post in new Google+ iPhone app

Even without an image, Google+ makes a post look good with big, smooth fonts.
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A text post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's what a text post looks like with no image and no article/link attached.
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A "hot" post in new Google+ iPhone app

Google+ inserts "hot" posts that are trending into your stream after about every 10 or so updates. I'd normally find this annoying but most of the stuff is good stuff.
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Another "hot" post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's another example of a "hot" post inserted into my stream (it knows I'm into quotes).
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A profile page in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's what a profile page looks like now. This is relatively unremarkable, although it does strip things down to the most pertinent information.
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Highly visual post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's a full look at Trey Ratcliff's highly visual post in the new Google+ app.
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Inside a highly visual post in new Google+ iPhone app

Here's what you see when you click inside Trey Ratcliff's visual post in the Google+ app.

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