Introducing the New Google Bar

Posted November 30th, 2011 by AWS and filed in RSS Feeds

Back in June Google began rolling out a new look and feel for Gmail, Search, News, Maps, Reader, and quite a few of their other products. Their goal was to create a unified look. Well today theyve introduced the next stage in the process redesigning the Google bar.

The new Google bar is supposed to help you navigate quicker through Google services, as well as giving you the capability to share stuff to Google+, while saving prceious browser space.

From the Google Blog: Instead of the horizontal black bar at the top of the page, youll now find links to your services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo. Well show you a list of links and you can access additional services by hovering over the More link at the bottom of the list. Click on what you want, and youre off.

The dropdown menu does require a few clicks to get to some of the popular services, but is manageable with the present icons. Also, the new dropdown menu does seem to have more uniformity, especially when you consider Googles iPad app and Chromes tab page.

Some users arent a fan of the new bar:

WTF, Google? You just got everybody used to the black bar (which was new!) and now youre changing it up again? 37 minutes ago via YoruFukuroupowered by @socialditto

All I see is the Windows XP Start Menu. Google is literally turning into Microsoft. 36 minutes ago via Echofonpowered by @socialditto

Hey, Google, whilst your integrating a new Google bar you can take out the utterly pointless Google + stuff. Thanks. 25 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhonepowered by @socialditto

While others welcome the redesigned bar:

Good to see Google continuing to push for consistency across its many products. This is a trend that must 25 minutes ago via Facebookpowered by @socialditto

I like the new Google bar pleased to see Google stepping up its game. 35 minutes ago via Twitter for Macpowered by @socialditto

new google bar is starting to look like a standalone OS. 37 minutes ago via webpowered by @socialditto

What do you think of the new Google bar? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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