New Google Search Interface Spotted for Tablets

It appears Google is testing new search results optimized for tablets. The experimental design removes the left-side navigation in favor of horizontal navigation with dropdown menus, and removes the trademark “Gooooooooooogle” from the footer.

Google Tests Tablet Search Interface

The new layout, first reported by Digital Inspiration, was spotted on an iPad, according to a follow-up report from The Next Web, noting that there have been several other reports on Twitter of a tablet-friendly design from Google.

Here’s a look at a Google News Search. Note the addition of the horizontal icons for Everything, Images, Video, etc., under the filtering options.

Google Tests New Interface on Tablets for News Results

And here’s the footer:


What do you think of this layout?

Update: Google has just confirmed the new search interface for tablets will be rolling out shortly on all iPad and Android 3.1+ devices. In addition to the simplified layout with larger page contents (e.g., text, buttons) optimized for either landscape or portrait view, Google also notes enhancements to image search (e.g., enlarged image previews, continuous scroll, faster loading of image thumbnails).

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.