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Google Nukes Black Horizontal Nav Bar for Pull-Down Menu

After having just updated the horizontal navigation bar that spreads across the top of its online products (Gmail, Google+, Calendar, Documents etc), Google has decided to nuke the bar altogether. In a short blog posted on Tuesday, Google said that it's already rolling out a new Google bar featuring a drop-down menu.

"Instead of the horizontal black bar at the top of the page, you’ll now find links to your services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo," said technical lead Eddie Kessler. "We’ll 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 you’re off."

As seen in the video below, the new "bar" consists of a drop-down menu tucked underneath the Google logo. It will also consist of a search box, the Google+ notifications icon and a Google+ share button. Gone is the user's profile picture, the settings button and that near-black color dividing the current Google service from the browser's address bar.

"Six months ago we started rolling out a new look and feel for Search, News, Maps, Translate, Gmail and a bunch of other products," Kessler said. "Our goal was to create a beautifully simple and intuitive user experience across Google. Making navigation and sharing super simple for people is a key part of our efforts to transform the overall Google experience, which is why we’re very excited about this redesign."

Expect to see the new Google bar splashing across the company's services shortly if it hasn't appeared already.

  • billybobser
    used to be one click away, now a hover mouse and click away.

    The future!
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  • JohnnyLucky
    I am not interested in any of the extra Google features, navigation bar, or drop down menu. I just want relevant search engine results.
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  • funguseater
    F*CK!!! Stop messing with the interface. I still use Google because it isn't all crapped up , Ahem...Bing. I guess it is time to find an alternative, the changes to the News layout were bad enough.

    Bye Google.
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  • legacy7955
    Haha,

    Google finally concedes the Black Bar of Death must go!

    There is a thread on the Google search help forum that has been talking about this for a LONG time now.

    Here is the link..I am watershed44. I've been in it from the beginning

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    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=6b698ff5a134894f&hl=en&fid=6b698ff5a134894f0004b2fa32d8e2a9

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  • starryman
    Nice and it took what? $50M and 1,000 employees to develop that bar? Yay.
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  • Maxor127
    So basically they're making clicking one of the links twice as long.
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  • beardguy
    Stop adding shit we don't need Google. The reason your search engine was so popular was because of it's super-minimalist approach. Even if speed is a non-issue these days I still don't want a bunch of stuff on the page.



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  • beardguy
    Maxor127So basically they're making clicking one of the links twice as long.
    Google, Vista edition :)
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  • legacy7955
    beardguyStop adding shit we don't need Google. The reason your search engine was so popular was because of it's super-minimalist approach. Even if speed is a non-issue these days I still don't want a bunch of stuff on the page.
    Exactly! That is why I too complained about the Black Bar of Distraction.
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  • belardo
    Bearguy : They didn't add anything. They changed the google bar to a new location.
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