Google+ for Android gets a fresh new coat of red paint

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Credit: Michael Homnick

It looks like Google isn't abandoning Google+ after all. The social network (and photo sharing) app just received a huge interface makeover, laying credence to the idea that despite Vic Gundotra's departure, Google won't leave Google+ on the back burner.

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New versus old. 

The update trades in the static gray bars for vibrant red ones, and rather than utilize a "hamburger" pull out navigational menu, now there's quick access at the top of page. From here, you can access everything: your circles, your community, as well as Locations, Events, and Photos, including the new Stories feature.

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Hamburger-style is over (right); now it's all about the pull-down.

Large photo libraries are also now supported on the Android app. It's interesting to note, however, that Google+ and the Photos app are now treated as two separate apps rather than one linked entity. Photos still has the pull-out menu interface of the days of yore, while both the Locations and Events page stay contained inside the Google+ app.

The app is slowly rolling out to Android devices everywhere, but if you're the type that needs instant gratification, you can immediately try out Google+'s new photo features in your browser. 

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