Google+ is getting its first update of the year. Google’s Dave Cohen recently announced a new feature on Google+ that makes viewing photos way better. It is basically the ability to pan and zoom photos. The update comes after the heavy push before the holiday season that included 18 new features. Today’s update will allow users to pan and zoom around photos on Google+. This feature is better when dealing with high-resolution photos. To check out the feature, just open the photo in the lightbox and then use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out on the image. You can also use a two-finger swipe to zoom in and out. Meanwhile, clicking and dragging lets users pan pan around an image. A map on the top left of the screen is also shown to guide users. You can also hover your mouse on the map to zoom in and out.

Pan and zoom photos on the desktop

Google+ is full of amazing photos, and today we’re introducing the ability to pan and zoom when viewing photos from your desktop. To give these features a try, simply open a large photo in the lightbox, then:

– use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out
– click and drag to pan right, left, up or down

Higher resolution photos will offer more to explore, so we’re excited to launch pan and zoom just weeks after launching full-size backups of your Android photos (

Give ’em a go, and let us know your thoughts as we improve on these and other features!

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