Google updates its Search Engine interface, they believe in prettier CSS styling now

by: Bradley Wint on May 5th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Google has finally brought about an updated User Interface, making things look a bit more pretty and adding more functionality. Visually they have gone over to a more Web 2.0-ish style with cleaner and less underlined links, softer non-shadowed images and interactive Javascript menus. With that aside, the bigger change has been the actual search interface.

Rather than getting the plain list of links when you search (with the option of getting an option to refine searches), you now get the Universal Search from the start, giving you quick control to narrow your search by content type. It’s all been stuck into the left navigation now rather than just at the top even though the top links are still available. Unlike Facebook, they have left the old design still embedded just in case users get confused. Maybe they might remove the top links in the future?

The Everything search basically sticks a bit of everything into the search page. You see relevant page link results, Twitter posts about the topic, news and blog posts, images, related searches and more on the one page. Even though this aspect is not new, it’s more present than before. The navigation also offers time options so you can limit your searches to a specific time period. Not new either, but it shows up immediately after a search rather than being hidden till the user chooses to triangulate results.

The other pages such as News, Blogs, Images and Videos are relatively the same. However, there is a new section called Updates.

It’s pretty cool because it lists all results from Twitter and Blogs on a time basis. You can also scroll through results on a time specific basis by sliding the Wonder Wheel updates bar just below the search box field. It shows you on a graph how many updates were posted in the time frame, and well you can click wherever you want to head back to.

They have also introduced an updated mobile version, featuring the stylized updates as well as specified time line searches. It works on any most smartphones in the Unites States so far.

The overall objective was to better streamline up-to-date information into one page, and I think they’ve done that quite well. Rather than being page specific with regards to content type, each section still links to the other to help bring the most relevant information possible. This is just the first step in their User Interface upgrade. In the future, they plan to improve many other applications offered on the Google Network.

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