Confirmed: Google Search Testing New “Clean” Design: For Tablets Only

Google is testing yet another design, this one is the same gray and black bar look but places the search filters and navigation at the top of the page, instead of on the left.

Amit Agarwal posted screen shots of the new design, here are two of the many screen shots he has posted:

Agarwal doesn’t mention that the new design is only for tablets, but apparently he say it while using his iPad, The Next Web reports. It also cites two others seeing the look on their tablets, hence the idea this might be a tablet-only look.

Personally, I am not in favor of moving the search results slightly down for the navigation and filters. I personally prefer the navigation and search filters on the left hand side.

Techmeme has a collection of news stories on this Google test.

Here are some recent Google user interface tests and upgrades:


On Friday, July 29th, Google has confirmed the new design for tablets.

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


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  • ZWS

    We’ve also noticed this version appearing (not just on tablets). It shows the top 3 suggestions in a white bar between the search box and the results – it updated as the search query was changed. Sorry for phone pic instead of screenshot ;)

    Haven’t seen it since – anyone else spotted this in the wild?

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