TL;DR I hate the new design of the G+ Android app.
I use an Android phone. For a long time, I refrained from updating my Google + app to the new picture-heavy design because I saw what it looked like on other phones. I was not excited about the new design with a focus on pictures and less on the text content of the post.
Unfortunately, when I upgraded to Jellybean, Google auto updated Google+. So, I'm stuck with the update. I wanted to give it a week of interaction before I posted my evaluation. But honestly, I haven't used it that much since the update.
I can't see the majority of my friends' posts while scrolling. I can see a tiny snippet with a "..." following. This means I have to click into each post to get the full content and comments.
In the older version, the text displayed was much longer and you could also see the last few comments that had been posted. Now, you cannot see any comments while viewing the stream.
The result is that I click on less posts and I get less from my Google+ experience. I enjoyed not having to click every module. I enjoyed reading through and getting a good summary of the post and discussion before deciding to click. Now, I have much less to go on before deciding to click. And many times the click isn't worth waiting a few seconds while the page loads.
Ive always been a fan of practicality and usefulness over prettiness. Needless to say, I'm disappointed with the new G+ design. I'm curious if those in favor of it have similar complaints and if they matter as much.
G+ is no longer a useful mobile app for me to get others' news from. I will do the majority of my G+ reading and commenting on a desktop machine, sadly.
G+ is still useful as mobile app to share pictures, however. So, I'll still be using my phone's version for that.