Google Adds Familiar Navigation to Mobile Homepage

    October 11, 2012
    Chris Crum

Google is making efforts to make its mobile experience more unified, much like it has been doing with the desktop experience over the past year or so. Google has updated its mobile homepage to include a new navigation panel, which basically mirrors the one found in the Google+ app. It’s pretty much the mobile version of the top black navigation bar you see across Google products on the desktop, except it is accessible by a button in the corner, which brings it out from the left side.

Google announced the update in a Google+ post:


Today we’re rolling out a new look for the mobile Google homepage. Now, when you tap the new menu button in the upper left you’ll see a sidebar with other popular Google products, helping you get to them quickly and easily. If you’ve upgraded to Google+, you’ll also see your Google+ notifications and the share button. Visit on your Android phone or iPhone to give it a try, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Google has also made the desktop ratings system for Google+ Local more like the mobile version it launched last month.

These are just the latest moves Google has made to make its products feel less like separate products and more like big one (which is the same reason Google consolidated its privacy policies earlier this year).

Do you like the more unified direction Google is going in?