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iGoogle Redesigned, More Updates on the Way

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Google has redesigned iGoogle, its custom homepage product, so that it is more in line with other recent Google redesigns. That includes the navigation bar at the top and the left panel, as seen in the image.

“In addition to the visible design changes like new colors and spacing, we’ve made some changes to functionality to showcase the content that really matters to you: we’ve hidden buttons and navigation links until they’re actually needed,” says product manager Conrad Lo. “Now you can collapse the left panel to give yourself room for more gadgets, or pop it back out when you want to chat with a friend.”

iGoogle redesign

So far, the iGoogle gadget directory is lacking any Google+ gadgets, and with more and more people using Chrome and its default tab page as a homepage, it doesn’t seem like iGoogle is playing to Google’s main points of focus these days, but that’s probably why it’s just now getting the redesign.

The fact that it did get a redesign at a time when Google is cleaning house and eliminating a number of its products, is probably a good sign for iGoogle users that it isn’t going away any time soon.

In fact, Google hints that more updates to iGoogle are on the way. With the Google+ APIs in testing, I would imagine that we will see a lot of Google+ related stuff coming soon.

It does provide a way for Google to control more of the web experience for non-Chrome users though. And it still does add a little something extra for Chrome users. The search box includes the recently launched voice search feature.

iGoogle Redesigned, More Updates on the Way
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  • seocatalysts

    New look is very user friendly..I think they hide the buttons and symbo of Apps…

  • mort dios

    No one is happy about this redesign, look at their feedback page. First of all, it was implemented without alert, so one woke up to a very inefficent “new” design that you could not get rid of.
    It improved nothing. NOTHING. It pushed things to the left leaving a gaping space on the right. No one designed this, this is DADA art on a web browser, its all chance, because no designer would ever conceive of something that was so annoying.
    You can’t change it, yet. A good hacker is out there now figuring out ways to get it back to a functioning web browser.
    Giggle should get back to doing what it does best: making money in mysterious ways. They should remember: THEY CAN AND WILL BE REPLACED.

  • http://www.invgate.com Amelia @ IT Management

    I love iGoogle and was afraid that they’ll put a stop to it when Google was cleaning house. I’m glad that it’s still there.

    The current design still has a lot left to be desired but I understand that it’s still in an early stage. I’m eagerly waiting for more apps.

  • JP

    IGoogle is just fine. The whiners are going to whine

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