Google+ Rolls Out Design Changes Ahead of Facebook 'New Look' Launch

Posted on March 6, 2013

Google+ has rolled out new features for its profile and pages, including a "Local" reviews tab and larger cover photos, one day ahead of Facebook's big News Feed announcement.

The company announced in a Google+ post on Wednesday that users will gradually start to see some new features added throughout the social network. Among the changes is a new tab for local reviews — a move in line with Google's efforts to expand local search across its platforms.

Google Plus Local Tab

Similar to photos and +1 buttons, users will be able to highlight reviews and favorite restaurants (This option can also be hidden via the settings button).

Google Plus Redesign

Members will also start to see larger cover photos with a better aspect ratio. Now, cover photos display 2120 pixels by 1192 pixels at a 16:9 ratio when fully expanded. "This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine," Google said.

Google Plus About Redesign

The company is also making it easier for users to edit information via the About tab, which now includes options to edit Education, Work, Links and Places. You can still share specific fields with certain circles or keep them private.

To see if your page has gotten the updates, click here.