Google Mobile’s New Slide Out Black Navigation Bar

Google launched a new mobile interface for navigating various Google services. Now if you load Google on your smartphone, you will see a menu icon made up of three lines. When you tap it with your finger, a black navigation bar will slide out from the left of the screen.

Here is a screen shot:

The navigation bar has an independent scroll from the rest of the page. This allows you to preview the right side of the Google page and scroll up and down the navigation bar to see more Google services. Clicking on the navigation icon will slide the navigation bar back to the left of the screen, removing it from view.

In February we spotted a similar test, with a drop down black bar on the mobile site. That test never became a reality but it is fairly close to this implementation.

I believe this is now live for all smart phone users but I will reach out to Google to confirm international rollout.

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Related Topics: Channel: Mobile | Google: Mobile | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search | Top News


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  • Aalok Pandit

    I just checked this and it seems it is available only on the global homepage i.e. and not on the country specific ones, at least still shows the old interface.

  • Nathaniel Bailey

    Yup I don’t have it on either so only working on .com for the time being :(

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