Google re-enables backgrounds with a slight tweak

It appears that Google has re-enabled backgrounds on Google.com.  When initially released, Google was lambasted for the poor implementation and copying of Bing.com.  Caving to public pressure, Google pulled the backgrounds and now it seems that they have returned but have been slightly tweaked.

Previously background images were set as default even if you were not logged in to your account.  The new implementation will show you the classic Google.com if you are not logged in and if you do log in, you will see the backgrounds.  This time around Google has replaced the link in the bottom left corner to say “Remove Background Image” where previously it said “Change Background Image”.

The change is to make it easier for users who enjoy the classic Google with its changing logo to remove the images.  But by doing so, changing your image isn’t as intuitive as you might expect from Google. To change your background you must now remove the image then re-enable background to change the background. 

Will consumers like this slightly tweaked version of Google backgrounds or will the flaming continue?  As Google has just recently flipped the switch (sometime approximately between 4-5 am EST) the Internet will again judge Google’s latest implementation of backgrounds.  
 

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Who gives a rip what's in the background anyway?

Does anyone set at the site long to even know what's in the background?

As DanLeto says, pathetic!!
Don't know which is more pathetic though, Google doing that or people actually complaining about it, or Neowin even posting this as some kind of news?

Why did people have to conplain! I liked this idea. Wanted Google to show something without Logging in! Like at school, it's blocked from logging in Stupid complainers.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Why did people have to conplain! I liked this idea. Wanted Google to show something without Logging in! Like at school, it's blocked from logging in Stupid complainers.

+1 is there any way users who dont log in can see these pics still?

The image makes me wish googlebing.com existed, with both searches like that on one well designed page. I would make that my homepage in an instant.

The full-screen, high-quality background looks nice. It doesn't slow down the site either since the background loads after the search bar. I have a background set for my Google page, although I rarely ever access Google's homepage. Nearly all of my web searches are done through Chrome's address bar.

Chugworth said,
The full-screen, high-quality background looks nice. It doesn't slow down the site either since the background loads after the search bar. I have a background set for my Google page, although I rarely ever access Google's homepage. Nearly all of my web searches are done through Chrome's address bar.

Bing does the same thing, loading the background after the search bar loads.

I want them to go the whole way and copy Bing so that the image changes daily. That would be cool! I like a bit of colour in my life, so I think this idea is great! I'm bored of plain white.

I dont understand.. why people still open google webpage to search anything. I always used google toolbar builtin firefox. So I never have to open google first and then search anything. So overall it doesnt matter to me whether google has background or not. But I kind of like google with background image.

Last I checked, you had to select the background otherwise you'd still get classic Google. Also, it still says "Change background image". So, nothing has changed, and I definitely don't recall the backgrounds being disabled either, altogether. o_O

I like being able to add my own background but I don't get to see what they call 'todays doodle'. I would have completely missed playing pacman a few weeks ago if I had a background pic

I haven't seen the real google page in ages. I only use the Firefox-Google page:
http://www.google.com/firefox

And why do Google need to change their homepage?! Keep it clean! Keep it like it i-- was. This is one of the reasons I'm not using Bing, at all!

Chasethebase said,
I'd rather they made the top bar links blend in better with the image rather than the solid white bar.

Exactly and also those pleothora of links below the buttons make the image look messy.

main reason why it's ugly is because of the fullscreen background. goes against the minimalistic look we're used to see from google.

xplatinum said,
main reason why it's ugly is because of the fullscreen background. goes against the minimalistic look we're used to see from google.

I disagree. It's ugly because they haven't implemented the feature as nicely as Microsoft did on Bing.

Calum said,

I disagree. It's ugly because they haven't implemented the feature as nicely as Microsoft did on Bing.

Agree. Bing image doesn't cover the whole page like Google. I use Bing as my default search engine.

Mazhar said,
I don't see anything changed in this? What's the tweak?

Neither, I'm pretty sure that option has been there for the past few weeks....

Billus said,

Neither, I'm pretty sure that option has been there for the past few weeks....


what their saying is the background should be there automatically and now the option to change wallpaper turned into remove wallpaper... it hasnt updated for me though...