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There have been a lot of leaks lately, and they don't show any sign of slowing down - Yoel Kaseb (via Google+) has shared screenshots of what he claims to be a test build of a redesigned Google+ app. According to his post, the build is unstable and probably unfinished, and he has since been locked out from accessing or using the APK. But what we can see from the screenshots Kaseb managed to capture is both compelling and in line with some of the other leaks we've seen recently. It may also be worth mentioning that Kaseb is verified on Google+.

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The first thing you'll probably notice is the colored action bar and circular button for new content. These are both elements we've seen in recent Gmail and Calendar leaks, where the "new content" button is just a plus symbol. The other notable feature is a red overlay in place of the current gray overlay. The "new post" interface also appears to float now, rather than going to a separate page inside the app.

We can't be certain that these shots are the real deal, but given what we have seen recently, they seem entirely possible. From the three app leaks we've seen so far, it seems fairly safe to assume Google will adopt this new circular content button in a variety of places. In the Google+ app specifically, it's a welcome change from the giant black share bar.

All of that said, a lot could change by the time any redesign rolls out to the public.

Source: Yoel Kaseb (Google+)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

    Looks like a web interface to me.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I would venture to guess that the web interface will match this, if this is the app. The new Keep update coincided with a web interface refresh as well.

  • http://www.livefromthepromisedland.com siniux

    I'm starting to like this new layouts.

  • http://communityfirstdigital.co.uk/ Luke Arran

    It's about time Google+ app got a splash of colour.

  • Pootis Man

    I like it. Looks nice.

  • vyktorsouza

    "there have been a lot of leaks lately, and they don't show any sign of slowing down "
    no problem here

  • Felipe Pimenta

    I disliked that red filter over the app... The gray one, like almost every other app uses, is much better, IMO

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Agreed there. Hopefully the red filter is just a testing thing. I feel like it would actually hurt to look at on a big bright tablet screen.

      • deano

        Nope

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          [citation needed]

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        Yep

      • http://twitter.com/ryocoon Kurtis Whittington

        It is a special testing thing. Go into your developer options, and you can enable overdraw monitoring. When it draws over a section of screen multiple times it will change a filtered color. This is to let you know where you are screwing up performance.

        • fonix232

          It does not seem completely like that, though. It's like they replaced the background-darkening colour for the whole app to its red.

      • Guest

        They should use blur

    • Martin

      Gray is so boring... You are so boring.. You need more colors in your life.. It's better trust me!

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        #lbgt

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Or a fade in/fade out animation would be even netter

      • Felipe Pimenta

        Anything other than that red filter is okay for me...

        • Misanthrope

          Ok, let's use a yellow filter!

  • rmkilc

    No, not inline with the previous leaks. This one has the proper sliding hamburger icon.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Stylistically they're extremely similar, save for the hamburger. We don't have enough information right now to know what the deal was with the full hamburger icon, but I guess (if these shots are real) there's a chance it will be normal by release.

      • Omega192

        I sure hope this confirms they're keeping it behind the app icon rather than leaving it by itself.

      • rmkilc

        To me, this is more similar to the current design, because of the action bar and hamburger icon, and not the other leaks.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Hopefully this isn't from a google employee because it looks like they were using Spotify instead of Google Music. At Apple that would immediatly mean the death of your first born if you chose a 3rd party service.

    • http://chosafine.svbtle.com/ Cristian Colocho

      And then we forget that there are Apple employees using Rdio.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      According to his profile he works for Samsung Argentina.

      • Jc

        Even Google Argentina sometimes posts songs which link to Spotify in G+.

        • Justin W

          Samsung Argentina

          Google Argentina

          I think you missed something.

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      But, Google is open minded. They use MacBooks at I/O :P

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Woah that's hot, needs a bucket of ice. Although i dislike the fatter action bar that seems to be the default of the next version of Android.

  • Zak Taccardi

    just in time for Facebook's Android App redesign to make use of that bottom post bar

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    That reddish transparent background is an eew to me :/ overedded much plus I thought they were gonna change that 'overflow' icon into the circle ones? just wondering why they're still using that current overflow icon and it's confusing, if they're gonna redesign this app, what will happen to the redesigned icons? and why they're still using it on their redesigned app? wtf, it's so complicated, all the thoughts and rumors about hera and the redesigned icons are completely mental Dx

  • Blendi Krasniqi

    I was hoping for immersive mode on all apps, like in the screenshots of the Hera article.

    • Bojan Tomic

      That was not immersive mode, those were translucent navbar and status bar. And read Google's guidelines to understand why they don't use it.

      • Blendi Krasniqi

        I was referring as immersive mode, because they expand into the navbar and status bar. I am not a developer so I might have not used the correct term. I think Google's guidelines are going to change drastically on I/O. Check out "Pushbullet" , awesome interface.

    • vyktorsouza

      you meant transparent bars
      this build is probably kitkat, the next version we will get them #hopesup

  • Matt

    I like the fact that he has Ron Amadeo's location on Latitude (or Google+ Locations...whatever the hell it's called now).

  • Devon Warren

    Are those hover actions supposed to be a universal action for your app that android wear could use?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Not sure what you mean by "hover actions." The round button? Either way, they are stylistically similar to Wear, and probably give us a hint at what we'll be seeing when Android does get a newer design. But it's too early to say for sure.

    • http://thomashunsaker.com Thomas Hunsaker

      Interesting take on this. We may see some shifts in design due to Android Wear. I guess round icons/actions aren't going away any time soon.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I hate that bottom post bar so much. Please let this be real. Go away, bar!

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      What bar?

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        The giant black bar in the current Google+ app

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Oh, THAT thing... I never even look at it

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            It occupies like 1/5th of the screen, it's hard not to notice it.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            IDK, if I open the app I just go straight to subscriptions circle and never even notice the post bar down there, it kinda blends in with the navbar

          • ash

            The person's email is visible, you should have hide that

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            The source of these shots posted them publicly, so even if we blurred the email address, it'd still be visible to anyone who clicked the source.

        • Christopher Bement

          Oh god both in one picture. Killing my eyes with hot coffee brb.

        • Gaurav Arora

          Now it has been sent to the new camera app :D !

    • WestIndiesKING

      a puppy dies every time that bar comes up

    • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

      I've been shouting "Kill it with fire" since it first came out. That big blue "New Posts" button too!

  • Octopus

    I liked. But, why not use immersive mode???

    • GoogleKnow

      Because is for special uses like media, games, reading. Google it!

      • ddpacino

        Yes, one of their devs mentioned this.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        I think he meant "transparent status and navigation bars" even though he incorrectly stated "immersive mode." Most users seem to mean that when they mention immersive mode.

    • vyktorsouza

      this build is probably kitkat, the next version we will get them #hopesup

  • Google Insider

    Rejoice, its the Android version 5.0
    Finally...LimePie...!!!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Don't you think that in these leaks Google has too much red?

    Gmail leak showed red UI
    This G+ redesign is all red
    Play Movies is also red
    YouTube's icon is also red

    • Roberto Giunta

      Nope, because red is awesome.

  • Simon Belmont

    Interesting. The day this happens is the day that HOLOYOLO becomes HERAYERA.

    I have to say I don't care for the "bloodbath" of red when the hamburger menu or a popup is showing. Ugh.

  • Rafa

    I saw those screenshots weeks ago, and they look sooooo photoshoped.
    I don't know if AndroidPolice has more reasons to believe they are not, I usually trust them.
    But I still think and hope they are fake.

  • Taco Monster

    Why is that stupid people button still in the fucking action bar? DIE PEOPLE DIE!!

    • Jimmy Baez

      Upset much?

  • Luqmaan Mathee

    Glad it doesn't look like that Hera crap.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Worth reiterating that Hera has almost nothing at all to do with design, except that new design will likely coincide with its introduction.

      • Justin W

        It's interesting how many people didn't actually read the article and only looked at the pictures, which were noted to be mockups anyway.

  • Justin Foster

    I swear Google is leaking these to get user feedback on the look lol

    • ddpacino

      Why not, lol.

      • Justin Foster

        True lol. I just think they need to be more open and communicative about the progression of Android, Bit that's probably too far of a Spin for open source.

  • Guest

    New Google Camera appeared now in the Play Store. It's pretty nice!

  • Philip Leaper

    What device is that running on? It's definitely a tablet rather than a phone, but seems too wide for a Nexus 7? Is this the fabled 8.3 inch nexus?

  • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

    This is disgusting. I don't complain about change that much but this ui change that Android is headed twd doesn't look that good. Hope it's just early concepts.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      I actually somewhat agree. It looks sorta tacky. Maybe it'll be more refined when it's actually pushed out to devices.

  • DeadSOL

    I hope that AndroidPolice can write a new article on the way things are going with the Google design. Google might be leaking these images in order to get feedback from users and we'd all love AP's take on it (and what's currently wrong with it). You guys always do an amazing job and I believe that Google will definitely listen to you.

  • NF

    There's a few ui discrepancies between the various leaked shots. This has the current hamburger icon, where the others don't go off screen.

  • Arsal Ansari

    I think that Google has already updated it's Keep app in context these leaks we are getting

  • mikeym0p

    Looks alright, it looks odd with the same color logo. I'm not really liking that red drop shadow.

  • Your Mother

    All I want from Google+ is for latitude to come back.

  • Bojan Tomic

    Looks like newest Keep update. Seems legit. And looks good!

  • uniquename72

    Still only 1 post per screen, meaning that I have to scroll FOREVER to view activity.

    G+ wastes more screen real estate than any app on my phone. How 'bout they just let us disable those needlessly HUGE images?

  • David Chan

    Where did Android Police get the 'New Content' button that's featured in the screenshote that's used for this article?

    • Crispin Swickard

      I am leaning on Liam making it using an edit resource for the pencil from another app.

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    SO MUCH RED!

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    Yummy.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    These new updates desperately need the tinted status bar.

  • Todd

    Google trying to do anything to fix the sinking ship that is Google+.

    Seriously, Google. Stop. Trying. To. Make. Google+. Happen. Nobody cares.

    • http://google.com/+DeAnoJackson DeAno Jackson

      Google+ has already happened and will continue to happen. Even. Typing. Like. This. Doesn't. Make. A. Difference. Google+ is here and it ain't going anywhere.

  • Danny

    The navigation drawer indicator is not visually acting like it normally would. I get that this is an unstable beta product, but would something as simple as that really get broken in beta code? I have my doubts.

  • fonix232

    The whole thing seems to be either two designers throwing ideas at each other at Google, or a badly executed joke. Sure, it looks fancy - but there are huge discrepancies between this "leak" and e.g. the GMail one (just look at the nav drawer icon for example).

    • miri

      "...there are huge discrepancies between this "leak" and e.g. the GMail one (just look at the nav drawer icon for example)."

      It's the same icon... ?

      • fonix232

        The icon is the same, but position is not. Just check it out in detail ;)
        Both the previous GMail and Calendar leaks show the whole of the hamburger button, while this G+ leak shows it in the current state (over half of it is off-screen).a

        • miri

          The hamburger icon is an established, platform agnostic UI pattern and the mini icon was only introduced to make it more compatible with left-aligned logos. Still don't see this 'huge discrepancy', bud.

          • fonix232

            You're still not getting it. Please compare these two:
            http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/nexusae0_Screenshot____.png

            http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/nexusae0_Screenshot_2014-04-07-23-53-012.jpg

            Then tell me they're the same. So far, ALL the official implementations were with what you call the "mini icon", and they're partially hidden because they represent the content that's not visible - whereas in my opinion, a fully exposed hamburger icon is not just ugly and disturbing, but against function and design guidelines they've set. I'm pretty sure one of these photos are actually going to turn out fake (most probably the GMail one, given its many discrepancies with the currently accepted design guidelines - starting with the action bars background, which, by definition, should not be a gradient, then that slide button which resembles iOS way too close, and so on).

            Thing is, there are HUGE discrepancies between these two shots, generic design-vise. Even if you can't tell what, it's just popping in your mind that something's not right, something's really off with one of them, that makes it different.

          • miri

            "...they're partially hidden because they represent the content that's not visible..."

            The whole purpose of collapsed menus regardless of the icon is that they make content invisible or otherwise condense it. Also, see next point:

            "...whereas in my opinion, a fully exposed hamburger icon is not just ugly and disturbing, but against function and design guidelines they've set."

            Screaming to the heavens that you've no knowledge/experience on a subject probably isn't the best way to reinforce your point.

            "...starting with the action bars background, which, by definition, should not be a gradient..."

            By definition an action bar should be a bar intended to contain actions.

            "...then that slide button which resembles iOS way too close, and so on)"

            Fun fact: the vast majority of what people associate with iOS actually has nothing whatsoever to do with iOS. That toggle has utility that isn't covered by any existing building block in Android's repertoire, at least not in such a compact form.

            --

            Between the 3 leaks I see building blocks/patterns designed to suit use cases not currently covered by the design docs, features/design elements being trialed throughout Google's current apps and otherwise textbook Holo styling.

  • Rob Watkins

    I'm not a fan of the colors.