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.