If you’re getting tired with the top dark bar linking to top Google services, you may have an occasion to smile soon. A new customization of Google homepage has appeared in some countries including Australia which seems to show all the Google services under an app drawer similar to that found in Chrome OS.
We did try accessing Google.com.au to see whether the new customization shows up, but it didn’t, proving that the new design is either rolled out as an experiment to some select regions or is in the process of being rolled out across the globe.
It’s very common that Google changes the logo on its homepage to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, but it’s rare when Google changes the layout of its homepage. Last time, Google updated the homepage featuring a Share box for its social networking site, Google+. This seems to be the biggest change since then.
The black bar on top of every Google site is apparently removed not just from Google homepage, but also from search result pages. As you can see below, if the new layout hits your computer, you might no longer see the black bar on top of every screen.
The question is, would you miss the black bar on the top? For a lot of people, the bar seems a nice thing to have for navigational purpose. You can click to go to YouTube right away from the bar. However, with the redesign, you will have to click twice (first in the app icon on top right and then wherever you want to go to).
The redesign also shows how Google wants Chrome browser to look more like the Chrome OS that ships with Chromebooks. The latest version of Chrome browser brings subtle changes identical to the operating system of the same name; and now this. Clearly, Google wants you to get in the habit of already using Chrome OS as long as you are in Chrome browser. This is definitely a good marketing technique since you won’t find much difference the next time you pick up a Chromebook.
Just so you know, the most popular Chromebook, the Samsung Series 3, is not likely to see an update anytime soon.
What do you think about the new design of Google homepage and search result page?