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Your first look at Google’s redesigned search page

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jun 8th, 2016 9:41AM EDT
Google Search Material Design

The most popular webpage in the world also happens to be one of the simplest and most recognizable. While other search companies in the early days of search were busy stuffing more and more content onto their pages, Google decided to keep things as minimalistic as possible. Coupled with superior search technology that yielded better results than rival sites, Google’s simple design ultimately helped make it the most popular and successful search company in the world.

But it appears as though the instantly recognizable design you know and love is about to change.

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Google recently gave its Android platform a massive visual overhaul using new design principles the company calls “Material Design.” The updated user interface makes excellent use of layers and subtle shadows to create a digital representation of physical sheets of material sitting atop each other. It’s a very cool look and it has already begun to trickle out to Google’s iOS apps and even some Google websites as well.

Now, it looks like Google’s crown jewel is about to get a Material Design makeover.

Reports like this one on Reddit have begun popping up from people who now see the new layout on Google’s search results pages. The new look seems subtle at first, but it’s actually a pretty big departure from the design principles used on Google’s current results pages.

Here’s the new layout:

And here’s a GIF made by Engadget to help illustrate the differences between the current layout and the new one:

Google regularly rolls out new search features to a relatively small number of users before releasing changes globally, and it’s not immediately clear when this redesign will be pushed out to all users.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.