Google released a pretty substantial update to its Google+ for iPhone app this afternoon by adding a much crisper user-interface that actually makes the app a bit more enjoyable to use. The update is very welcomed, because the first version of the Google+ app was not very well received by the community. It was very bland and not the easiest to navigate. However, with the new update released today, that seems to have changed.

As you can see in the gallery below, the updated UI makes the app much more appealing and easier to use —perhaps now passing Facebook’s iOS app. Here is a run down of the features from Google:

  • Whether you post photos or articles or text, we’re making ‘em look gooood.
  • We’re adding crisper fonts, larger profile pics and a friendlier homescreen.
  • We’re making the stream easier to scan, and easier on the eyes with overlays, gradients and other visual elements.
  • Conversations fall into view as you move forward and backward in time.
  • Optical cues (like parallax) help the mind linger on individual posts.
  • Important actions like +1 now float atop the stream, making it easy to endorse all your favorites.

You can check out the update over on the App Store.