It seems as if Google is testing hiding the search box completely from the Google search results page.
A post in a Google+ Community by Tom Johns spotted this first. He said he was using a beta version of Chrome, and when he searched, the only way to submit a search query at Google was to do so in the Omnibox built into Chrome.
Here is a picture of how Google’s search results page looks without the search box:
You can replicate this yourself by adding some URL parameters to the Google search URL. For example, here is how you can search for [google] on Google without the search box.
It is believed that Google is testing this for Chrome, but I do not have confirmation on this test as of yet.
- Just Testing: Google Users May See Up To A Dozen Experiments
- Google Updates OneBox Results Design To Match Mobile Interface
- Google To Replace Black Top Bar With Gray Colored Bar?
- Confirmed: Google Moving Search Options Above Results
- Google Mobile’s New Slide Out Black Navigation Bar
- Google Testing Search Options Listed Above Results, Rather Than To Side
- Google Confirms Hidden Benefit Of Authorship: Bonus Links After A Back-Button Click
- Confirmed: Google’s Expandable Knowledge Graph Test