Introducing the New Google Bar

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Back in June Google began rolling out a new look and feel for Gmail, Search, News, Maps, Reader, and quite a few of their other products. Their goal was to create a unified look. Well today they’ve introduced the next stage in the process… redesigning the Google bar.

The new Google bar is supposed to help you navigate quicker through Google services, as well as giving you the capability to share stuff to Google+, while saving prceious browser space.

From the Google Blog: “Instead of the horizontal black bar at the top of the page, you’ll now find links to your services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo. We’ll show you a list of links and you can access additional services by hovering over the “More” link at the bottom of the list. Click on what you want, and you’re off.

The dropdown menu does require a few clicks to get to some of the popular services, but is manageable with the present icons. Also, the new dropdown menu does seem to have more uniformity, especially when you consider Google’s iPad app and Chrome’s tab page.

Some users aren’t a fan of the new bar:

WTF, Google? You just got everybody used to the black bar (which was new!) and now you’re changing it up again? http://t.co/bbnoyfAN 37 minutes ago via YoruFukurou · powered by @socialditto

All I see is the Windows XP Start Menu. Google is literally turning into Microsoft. http://t.co/E1vQD8lc 36 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

Hey, Google, whilst your integrating a new Google bar you can take out the utterly pointless Google + stuff. Thanks. 25 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

While others welcome the redesigned bar:

Good to see Google continuing to push for consistency across its many products. This is a trend that must… http://t.co/dGRfOX4O 25 minutes ago via Facebook · powered by @socialditto

I like the new Google bar – http://t.co/5UVndyDf – pleased to see Google stepping up its game. 35 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

new google bar is starting to look like a standalone OS. 37 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

What do you think of the new Google bar? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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  • http://www.lucaleonardini.com Luca Leonardini

    yeah nice ok, but how do I activate it?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Jeremy Muncy

      Nothing to activate… Google is just beginning to roll it out.

    • http://www.wsd.co.il Aviran

      This is still in beta mode, once it become active to all, you will see it.

  • http://www.inspirehit.com hitesh

    great service from google.

  • http://www.moxby.org.uk/ Martin Oxby – Web Designer

    Wow, what a mixed reaction to what is, after all just another interface tweak. If Google remained static people would complain and how they change something, most people still complain!

    At least this is a move towards making the interface fresher and as @ClemensRettich rightly pointed out, this is a good thing.

    I think the point made about it starting to look like a standalone OS is also valid and I’ve ondered for a while when Big G would finally move in that direction.

    I think this change is for the better, and it’s not often I say that about Google!

  • http://www.searchengineoptimizationjournal.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    You can’t please everybody. Some people just grow so comfortable with the services that they use that they resist change. Over time they will adapt. I think it’s good that Google continues to improve upon its service and is working towards integrating everything to create a better user experience.

  • http://www.petenict.nl/ Maarten Katoen

    Fun for webmasters. I made a replicate of this code in jQuery. You can find it here: http://petenict.tumblr.com/post/13629275398/new-google-bar

  • http://bit.ly/boondoklife Boondoklife

    Or you can just use the userscript @ http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/119530

    It enables the new bar and also allows you to edit the links it contains.

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