Google is always on the move when it comes to updating its apps and services. The search giant is always adding new features, and upgrading existing ones to maintain its standard as one of the most powerful tech giants in the world. So, what is the search engine giant up to this time around? According to some Redditors per The Next Web, Google is testing a new user interface for Google Now.
You could be greeted a rework of the new interface when next you address your phone with the popular ‘OK, Google’ phrase [that’s if you are lucky to be a part of the small test that’s being conducted at the moment].
As you can see in the picture above, the old search box has given way to a rounded design—a departure from the previous rectangular shape—and all cards in the Now field are not left out too.
There’s even more—Google has also switched the old greyish background to plain white. The shadow effect on the cards is now more outstanding, and is looking more refreshing.
Personally I think the new interface is cool and offers something uniquely different from the current one. Though, some users might have a different opinion [and that’s quite natural], I still think the Mountain View California-based search giant deserves a part on the back for this effort.
There is no timeframe as to when the changes will roll out, and of course, it remains what it is—just a test. There has been no official statement yet on the part of Google—and that means we just have to wait to see if the changes will eventually hit a wider audience.
In related news, Google recently updated Search to include making your search result more local. What this means is that all search results will no longer take into account your country domain.
This comes as a big blow to all those who like changing the country code in Google domain to find out what another nation’s results will be. Prior to this change, Google’s country code on its domain name was very helpful to a lot of users. The tool was very useful when it comes to helping to decide the version of search results to serve its users.
Results will be based on your location regardless of the domain used. For example, search carried out using google.co.uk will have no bearing on that domain, but on your current location, especially when Google detects that you are actually in a different location.
“Today, we’ve updated the way we label country services on the mobile web, the Google app for iOS, and desktop Search and Maps. Now the choice of country service will no longer be indicated by domain. Instead, by default, you’ll be served the country service that corresponds to your location,” Product Manager Evelyn Kao said
At the bottom of the search page, you will see a strap added by Google to help you know the country you are located. This change will affect desktop search and maps products, as well as Google app on iOS and mobile web services.