It looks like Google just updated their favorite icon for the second time in less then a year. Don’t see it? Visit http://google.com/favicon.ico and refresh the page. Below, more about the old, new and newest ones.
Google’s new fav icon (January 2009):
Previous one (May 2008 – January 2009):
Original favicon: (??? – May 2008)
Why the change? Google said in the past that the redesigned favicon reflected a “Simple, Playful & Unique Brand.” Has that changed? Maybe they changed it because some people really didn’t like the new favicon?
Postscript: Google’s new favicon has the official word from Google that the new icon is from the contest that was held.