Back at the I/O 2013 conference Google announced design updates for Google+ desktop website as well as its Android app. A week on from then, the company has finally made the newly updated design for Google+ mobile website live and it bears a resemblance to the ‘cards’ style design of Google Now. Despite the update, this new design isn’t as polished or visually appealing as that of the mobile apps.
The Google+ mobile site now displays posts, photos and videos in the cards style that Google Now debuted. Cover photos, which first went live for the desktop site, have now been brought over to the mobile site for all brand and personal pages. Unfortunately though, the Google+ mobile site still lacks some major features such as photo editing, Hangouts or communities. Android users who already have the newly updated app don’t have much reason to use the Google+ mobile site and neither do iOS users who also have an app available for them, those on other platforms such as Windows Phone or BlackBerry can take advantage of whatever basic functionality the stripped down mobile site offers.
Cellular companies roping in celebrities is no strange phenomenon. Recently we saw Alicia Keys being picked up by BlackBerry and being crowned the Global Creative Director. Many people believe that these positions serve no purpose at all and just exist to augment the company’s brand value, perhaps they’re right, but this trend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Today at Verizon’s CTIA press conference Jennifer Lopez took to the stage, not for a performance, but to announce Viva Movil, a new phone retailer that Verizon is launching with focus on Latinos.
By the end of this year, 15 Viva Movil retail stores are expected to be opened in markets such as LA, Miami, New York, which are three cities you’ll definitely hear about on a Jennifer Lopez track, by the way. She’ll also be investing in these stores which are a result of a partnership between Moorehead Communications and distributor Brightstar. Lopez said she’s “kind of the Chief Creative Office” in this project, implying that she has been collaborating on layouts for the stores, accessories line and designs for the fonts.
Seen at: theverge