Introducing the New Google Bar

    November 29, 2011

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? 37 minutes ago via YoruFukurou · powered by @socialditto

All I see is the Windows XP Start Menu. Google is literally turning into Microsoft. 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… 25 minutes ago via Facebook · powered by @socialditto

I like the new Google bar – – 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.