Google is trying out a new Material Design layout for desktop searches

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Google's New Material Design

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Google has started testing out a new Material Design layout for desktop searches. The new design, which was spotted by Jay Tyagi, a Twitter user, and Engadget, showed glances of the provisional update being tried out by Google.

Back in May, Google started testing a fresh look for YouTube, and now it seems the change has been extended to its search engine. In a screenshot posted on Tyagi’s Twitter page, the new design showed a familiar grid of floating cards in google.com search results.

Not the kind of large-scale change you would expect when a company is tearing up a website from inside out, but enough to get you excited. The layout is still quite the same as the one you are used to—however, the biggest change is a visual one. The background in the screenshot as seen below showed the test in a light gray, while individual search results are packaged in white with a small drop shadow to connote elevation.

GOOGLE MATERIAL DESIGN

The informative module on the Google search page also experienced a major change. The results for certain search terms would not only bring up a list of results, in addition you are likely to see a card displaying information. The card will now be shown inline in the latest change made by Google before the regular search results. As earlier mentioned, this is still a test and this might change should the search giant decide to make the Material Design layout the default for its page.

Not done still, Google also made some other minor changes such as adding a new iconography for the magnifying glass in the search box. The search giant also switched out the settings cog for the three vertically aligned dots. For Android users, those two changes are not exactly new, but desktop users will be seeing them for the first time. Engadget also reports that the google.com search page has been modified to adhere with the new aesthetic.

The new changes obviously have started caching up with few people on Reddit who have caught a glimpse of it. While this is not the first time Google is testing some new features on some of its products including the very popular google.com search engine, this new Material Design layout is one a lot of users want the company to implement. It feels great to have some exciting new changes on google.com.

Now not everyone has seen the new design being tested by Google—perhaps, you may want to give us a feedback on how you see these changes. Would you like to see Google deploy these changes when testing is fully done with?

Back in November, reports of Google testing a new feature on its search engine where people could use apps without downloading them surfaced online. Though, nothing much came out of that since then, Google’s latest effort could yet see the light of the day if all goes as planned.

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