Google Testing Fixed Top Search Bar

Amit Banerjee has spotted a new Google test with the new top bar that places the top bar in a fixed position at the top of the screen and stays there even as you scroll down.

Amit captured a screen demo of this in action:

As you can see, the top bar stays with you as you scroll down the results. In addition, the instant previews section also was redesigned to have a more fixed look.

Alex Chitu feels that this is prepping for Google possibly launching an infinite scroll interface to the search results. Where you no longer have page numbers at the bottom of the page to go to the “next” search result page.

Google is big into testing user interfaces, so these tests should not surprise anyone. Will this stick? The early discussion around the design change does seem positive.

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Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: User Interface | Top News


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  • Kent

    This is very convenience for searches!!!! :)

  • Richard Gailey

    About time. Hopefully they will implement it soon.

  • brianfosse

    In the case of an infinite scroll interface I’d be interested to see how they would handle PPC ads. Will more than ~8 ads appear as the user scolls down? Will advertisers have to be on the “first page” (top 8) positions for their ads to show?

    While the page preview interface looks useful for organic listings, it also would block paid search listings.

  • Joe Youngblood

    Brian – they block PPC ads with the map in local search queries now. google seems to be ok with losing a few sheckles here and there if they see an improvement in user experience.

  • TimmyTime

    “google seems to be ok with losing a few sheckles here and there if they see an improvement in user experience.”

    Really? Name a quarter where they lost even e sheckle?

  • Przemek Sztal

    Instant Search, Instant Preview, infinite scroll..It’s all about saving time in the searching process. +1

  • dsf

    HAHA they are copying with the fixed search bar and “pages” free pagination.

  • Sai Krishna

    i’m struggling with this problem from so many of days . Finally i got solution . Thank you 
    Barry Schwartz .

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