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Another New Google Mobile Site has Started to Roll Out, Pretty Icons Included

Two weeks ago to the day, Google introduced a new mobile site that made it easier for users to search for nearby places with shortcuts, but it also aimed to make searching in general much more fluid.  Today though, they’ve taken all of those new features and made them so 2011 by slapping them with the pretty stick.

As you  can see above, you now have a set of colorful icons along with a tabbed look to maneuver around that can be accessed by simply swiping downward.  From there, you can touch the “More” button which will bring you to a list of available search items or “apps” like Buzz, Picasa and Google Reader.  Everything, all in one place.

And this is going to sound odd since we can search from just about anywhere on our Android devices, but this new look and easy access to my favorite Google products has made the mobile version of google.com incredibly appealing.

Nothing that I know of that you can do to make it look all snazzy like this, so to see if the updated version is available to you, just head to google.com from your phone’s browser.

  • Jin

    Would be nice if google the option of not showing the icons. It seems you either love or hate it. I find the icons annoying and they do get under my finger and cause erroneous searches. Alas Google dose not seem to care, they have become like Apple and Microsoft they believe they know better than their users on how their users will use google search and if they want your opinion they will give it to you.

  • Jin

    Annoying needs an option to get rid of icons. Drops under my finger all the time. Google why no option??? I thought Microsoft and apple were the only who only wanted it their way…

  • Almondus

    This feature clutters what was once a simple and elegant page. The icons are slow to load and look dated. I can’t see any settings to revert back. Yuck.

  • Colincoolidge

    Remove the icons on top. They’re in the way and slow to load!!!

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  • Fallsgable

    New Google mobile looks great…even on my OG Droid!
    Can’t wait to see what it’s gonna look like on my new BIONIC!!

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  • willow mouse

    It’s incredibly frustrating, you slide to the top to change your search words, tap, and just before you tapped, that bar comes down and you’re suddenly looking for ‘Citizen dive watches’ in the ‘News’ search.


    • yes the icons coming down are incredibly annoying. they take about a second or two longer to populate than the rest of the screen. besides its just cluttery looking and the google’s icons still look like they are 5 years old. 

      • willow mouse

        It looks very 2002 Sonyericsson. And the usability has gone down – how on
        earth did that happen? I do think it did need something, and this is a step
        in the right direction (and a couple back). Why they had to have those fat
        icons and not a bar at the top to swipe left and right I don’t know!

  • Anonymous

    love it!!

  • It does look pretty damn snazzy

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  • Max

    this looks nice i hope it comes to my tablet

  • Anonymous

    This is what I found. Appears on search pages and on Google main pages.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t ask me why, but I saw this once about a month ago and then I disappeared.

  • Phil

    I’ve had that on my OG Droid for about 3 weeks now. I was originally running CM7 and now I’m running GPA15, both of them had it

  • what browser is in the screenshot?

  • Anonymous

    OK ..so what does it mean when I can’t see the fancy icons from the mobile site on my phone?

  • I didn’t have it until force refreshing the Google page, I noticed that the black bar was on my iGoogle page on the desktop earlier.  Not sure if it matters, but I was in the +1 pre-release already?

  • OreoMan

    A fluffy-faced cat…..really Kellex?  🙂

  • The picks above makes it kinda look like the BlackBerry Google app.

  • I didn’t get an email about it, but I’d be willing to give it a try.  🙂

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, when i went to http://www.gooogle.com/m  it showed up as the first site, then dropped down and the new icons appeared.  Running a non rooted tb

  • I just saw this on my DX and freakin’ love it!   Also, it seems the (desktop version) Google.com now has a Gingerbread-ish dark top bar.   Very nice.

    • Anonymous

      you might be one of the lucky few who have been invited for google+ then

      • Anonymous

        Indeed you are.  Let us know how it is!

        • Hmmm… So not everybody has a dark grey menu bar at the top of google.com right now (desktop)?
          I can’t find any info that says I have Google+, and in the tour of the service, it looks the same but has a “You+” item before “Search”.  I don’t have the “You+” item. 🙁

          • Anonymous

            I have the dark grey bar as well. Just thought it was some random improvement. Can’t get into Google+ though. The “Already Invited” link doesn’t work either since it says they’re already over capacity…


          • Trsohmers

            I’ve had the dark grey bar since last wednesday, and I can’t find any way to get into Google+… are you guys sure it’s related?

  • Kyle

    Cool great for those old eyes I have

  • Saw this when i was searching for por.. clothes… on dolphin browser o_O

    • Inkster09

      I really don’t care Google is all in my business. I absolutely love Google.

  • tjhrulz

    They updated the blog sites and “google” sites that are under labs too to work better with mobile.

  • I haven’t even gotten the first website yet