Google Plus Brand Pages Redesign
1. Larger Cover Photos
New cover photos will display at a maxium of 2120×1192 pixels and a 16:9 ratio when fully expanded. This new cover photo is an upgrade from the previous slim banner-like cover photo.
Profile pictures will display in the bottom left corner of the new cover photo in a circular format rather than the previous square that was off to the right. The circular profile image specs still require a minimum size of 250×250 pixels. Once a profile or page upgrades to this new cover photo layout, this change cannot be undone.
2. Updated ‘About’ Tab
This change is being implemented across both user profiles and brand pages. The social media site’s newly designed ‘About’ tab displays the same information as before, but in separate cards for each section of the tab. This new design gives users and brand page managers an easier way to edit a single section of information.
3. Local Reviews Tab
The new Local Reviews tab offers users a place to highlight favourite restaurants and reviews. Users also have the option of choosing to hide the tab completely within their settings. It is possible that this new tab is another tactic from Google which is aimed at expanding local search.
These changes are primarily aesthetic. This means that the immediate need for brands is to update their cover photo and profile picture in order to comply with the updated specs and layout.