Google Previews Revised Contacts Interface

A little while ago in this post I described how to open your contacts page in a separate browser tab. Google is now in the process of upgrading the contacts page using their latest Material Design look. This is more than a cosmetic makeover, though, as it includes some new tricks and improvements, such as integrating your contacts with your Google+ circles, listing recent messages, and more. Note that the new Contacts page only shows the Google+ circles that you’ve included in the Your Circles feature (if that means nothing to you, see here), so you can adjust what you see under Contacts by editing Your Circles.

At the moment the new Contacts page is available only as a preview, with one or two functions still absent (the preview isn’t visible, for the moment, to customers of Google Apps accounts – try it out on your personal account for now). To open it, select Try Contacts preview at the foot of the left hand menu:

 

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That takes you into the new Contacts page. Frequently contacted people are listed at the top, with all your address book and Google+ entries below.

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From here you can easily merge duplicates to streamline your contacts:

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Also, you can consult your Groups and Circles directly from the left hand side menu:

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Clicking on any contact’s name opens an editable card, which also shows details of recent conversations:

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To leave the previews and return to the familiar contacts page, expand the More section of the menu and select Leave the Contacts preview. The new Contacts page will be rolled out over the coming weeks.