Google today released an update to its black bar across its web products. Google announced this redesign on November of last year. However, according to Google, they received feedback suggesting to review this redesign. And they did! Enter the Google bar update.
“Two months ago, we announced our plans to roll out a new design for the Google bar. Our goal was to create a beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google. Based on your feedback, we realized there were some elements of the new bar that we could improve, and with that in mind, we’re introducing an updated version that we believe will provide a better experience.”
Initially, the redesign was to include consistent Google+ integration and search across all its Google products. It also featured a “Google Start Menu”, which could be shown by clicking the Google logo. The menu contained links to all of Google’s products, with relevant ones being featured foremost. The start menu replaced the black bar above all Google web products.
The start menu was the one that received some heavy negative feedback. As such, this redesign does not include the start menu, but, rather, a more consistent black bar that provides links to all of Google’s products. Unlike the previous black bar, it features all links at the same location regardless of the product the user is currently in.
“The biggest change is that we’ve replaced the drop-down Google menu with a consistent and expanded set of links running across the top of the page.”
So have you received the Google bar update?