Google is testing a subtle, animation-filled redesign of its web search UI

It’s unclear when and if it will roll out widely

You can say Google has been the homepage of the internet for as long as most of us can remember. Although it has become the great tech giant that has permeated almost every aspect of our digital lives, Google Search is still at the heart of the Google ecosystem, and if you use it on your computer, you’ll be pleased to know that the company is working to give its web search experience a fresh coat of paint – with some additional animations.

This new user interface, as indicated by 9to5Google, takes a more simplistic approach to things. It gets rid of the pill-shaped search bar, favoring instead a cleaner field separated from search results by a horizontal line. On the animation front, the Google logo changes from its fully typed form to the familiar multicolored G icon when you click the search bar, with recent queries expanding below.


Image credits: 9to5Google

google search desktop redesign animation

Otherwise, it’s a really subtle change. The functionality is identical – we still have our typical shortcuts for pictures, news, videos, etc., and there are also our usual voice and clear buttons. We seem to have at least one functional addition to this design: there’s a new “People are also looking for” section in the search drop-down list, suggesting other search terms that might be related to what you’re looking for.

This new design is currently in testing, and it’s unclear when and if it will be rolled out more widely. If you want to try it out, the original cover mentions that you might be able to bring up the new design by accessing Google Search in incognito mode – although in our testing it didn’t work. You might have better luck than us, though.

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