Google has announced several changes in Google+ as part of a major revamp. There have been more than 40 different changes in Google+, some of which you must have seen by now. The search engine giant announced these changes at Google I/O 2013, its annual developer conference in San Francisco. During this event, Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra listed a number of changes, focusing mostly on a new design for the news stream, a standalone Hangouts app and enhanced photo capabilities. Image sharing feature, maps feature and a face time competitor are now being rolled into Google Hangouts. All these changes are part of an effort to simplify the user experience, reported Google.
The standalone Hangout app will combine the company's instant messaging service, Google+ and Google talk which originally made Hangouts a hit. The standalone Hangout app will be released for Android, iOS, and from within Google's Chrome browser starting on Wednesday. This app will face tough competition from big guns such as Apple's FaceTime app, iMessage and extremely popular voice communication service like Skype.
Google first launched the Google+ service on June 28, 2011. Since it’s initial launch, Google claims to have 190 million active people on the Google+ platform, with about 390 million people using Google's social tools like the +1 button or making video calls in Gmail. Google+ has witnessed a considerable growth in its popularity ever since it was launched.
Hence enhancing and simplifying the user experience even more could possibly be the reason for all these changes.