Google’s web search gets a handy UI overhaul
Hardly a day goes by that Google doesn’t run a new UI test or another in one of its core products, and today’s example is a nifty new sidebar showing up in google search on the desktop. The first example was reported to us as early as September, but it is only now that it is starting to roll out more widely.
As you can see above, the new feature adds a set of vertical tabs in the previously vacant white space to the left of search results for some queries. The default tab is “Preview” and then there are more examples or videos, depending on what you’re looking for. If it’s something educational like math theory, it can display tabs with worksheets and practice problems that you can dive into. If it is a music artist, tabs such as âSongsâ or âReviewsâ may appear. Check out our old friend Ron Amadeo’s tweet below for an example of what that looks like.
Wow. Anyone else getting this weird sidebar in Google search? This happens for the lyrics of the songs. Guess I just signed up for an experiment. pic.twitter.com/fdDY9Xvb8a
– Ron Amadeo (@RonAmadeo) December 10, 2020
By digging a little deeper, Rita discovered that your region plays a role in what you are seeing right now. When connected to a VPN that places her in the United States, she gets additional options that don’t show up when Google knows she is in Lebanon. I’m also getting the same limited set of tab options here in the UK. Based on our testing here in Europe and Lebanon, we can only trigger the new sidebar for math and science research, but we do know Ryne in the US saw it for a music query like Ron , and the terms related to cinema also evoke it. .
US users (left) currently have more options.
In addition to the case title and the handy new tabs, the share button for these searches has also been moved to this left side panel. However, other records such as “About” and associated images remain to the right of the search results. It is not yet clear how widespread this new Google UI is, but it seems to be rolling out to more people than before. Whether it will be used for all searches in the future or whether it remains exclusive to certain terms is also a mystery at this time. We will keep an eye on it.