Over the last months, Google has been doing a full house clean. That’s meant leave behind a bunch of products like Aardvark, Notebook, Wave and more. On the other hand, it that’s also meant updating its look and the user experience.
Starting from the first page published in 1997, Google started a long work of increase the number and the variety of services. This comes with a growing difficulty to keep consistency and continuity between different products. As Google announces, they are working on a project to improve the user experience, and this will last for the next months.
Three days ago Google published on the official blog what will be the next stage. The black toolbar will be replaced by a new gray bar with a “drop-down Google logo” with links to Google+, Image Search, Maps, and other products. If you think about it, this logo propose the metaphor already used by operating systems. There are no longer static links for Google Calendar or Docs. The Google+ become a share button integrated across all Google properties. The new bar already started rolling out for users and should be complete during the next few days.
This solution save valuable space given to the content and it reduces the number of horizontal bands on the screen making an easier perception of the UI.
One last thing. Do you remember the original Google page in 1997? Well, that’s it: