Google gets a makeover

Xavier Verhoeven
6 May, 2010
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Google is today rolling out a new look across its search websites. The company has a brighter, more modern logo and a new layout for your search results. But don’t worry, it’s all pretty similar to the Google you know and love (or hate if you work for Apple). The new identity is viewable on google.com, and according to a Google Australia spokesperson, will be rolled out globally by the end of the week. Some Australian users may already see the new version at google.com.au.

The most notable change is that search results now have a navigation section shown to the left of the page. This was an option in the previous layout, but has now been given a substantial makeover and is always visible. Thus, you can search from the main Google page, and quickly select news, image or video results depending on what you’re after. It’s also easier to limit your search to a particular time period, search for nearby results, or display previews of each webpage via the search options panel.

From the official Google blog:

The new design refreshes and streamlines the look, feel and functionality of Google, making it easier to pinpoint what you’re looking for. It’s powerful, yet simple. Today’s changes are the latest in our continuing efforts to evolve and improve Google. We’ve been testing these changes with users over the past few months, and what we’re launching today reflects the feedback we’ve received. We want to ensure that the Google you use today is better than the one you used yesterday, and these latest changes open up many possibilities for future features and enhancements.

The features are also set to appear on Google’s mobile search page, so you’ll be seeing the changes on your iPhone or iPod touch too.

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