Google redesigns navigation bar again, mail isn't as important as social anymore [Update: It's official!]

Sure, Google redesigns their navigation all the time, and it's not that newsworthy, but it appears the company has decreased the importance of Gmail, and is pushing Google+ even harder on their home page.

It's a big deal when Google adds more content to their homepage, and it looks like Google+ has been freed from the navigation bar and now floats on your homepage to give you a quick way to check notifications and share new content. This seems like it's to make it even more obvious to the user that the service is there.

I don't know about you, but I don't care about Google+, and Gmail is definitely the Google service that is most important to me. It seems strange that the company would demote it so far down the bar like this, when it's always been very close to the front. Only some users are seeing the changes, but it appears to be rolling out worldwide.

Join the discussion on the forums if you're seeing the new design! Thanks to Mephistopheles for posting the image.

Update: It's official, the bar is rolling out over the "coming weeks" according to Google and is based on user feedback, apparently.

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I don't use the bar because it doesn't hold anything I need. Let me customize it and put the services I want, in the order I want them, on there.

At least now i can get to Google Calendar in one click again unlike when they had the hover over Google image and the split menu design, which I though wasted time.

Its about time google gave up on social networks, every one of their attempts has been a failure, and no amount of trying to shove their latest version down our throats is going to make any difference.

Even their botched attempt to make Picaca look pretty, and forcing the google+ view onto you by default is a total failure. There is no geotagging info in the google+ version.

dvb2000 said,
Its about time google gave up on social networks, every one of their attempts has been a failure, and no amount of trying to shove their latest version down our throats is going to make any difference.

Even their botched attempt to make Picaca look pretty, and forcing the google+ view onto you by default is a total failure. There is no geotagging info in the google+ version.

I will assume you have reading problems? Otherwise, I'd recommend you re-read the article as written. Google isn't giving up on Google+, their social network, instead they are emphasizing it even more.

Unless I don't understand what it means to give up, but I highly doubt that could be the case.

I dont use google plus simply because no one I know uses it. Why use a service if no one you know uses it? oh I get it. you want to add ramdom people you dont know and have 1500 "friends". Makes perfect sense! /sarcasm

Gmail is my email of choice and has been since I first used it many years ago. Where it's positioned on the google bar doesn't matter to me as I don't use the google navigation bar. I don't really care about G+ either, but then I don't care about Facebook at all and yet I know there are some people who can't imagine life without it.

One thing is the font looks out of place. I can't understand why they switched from the Arial style they used before, this one just looks really out of place to me - seems an odd change out of all minor edits to do.

Really wish Google would just make their mind up on what design they're going to use! It's changed loads of times in the last year or so!

dagamer34 said,
Isn't the black bar supposed to be going away soon?

Yeah I had the new grey disappearing one for a little while then it changed back

techbeck said,
Could care less. I dont access GMAIL from Google.com. I go directly to gmail.com. I ignore the black bar.

Couldn't* If you could care less that means that you care at least a little bit. If you couldn't care less then it means you don't care at all.

M4x1mus said,

Couldn't* If you could care less that means that you care at least a little bit. If you couldn't care less then it means you don't care at all.

You have anything to offer to this post other than correcting my mistake?

techbeck said,

You have anything to offer to this post other than correcting my mistake?

To be honest these type of mistakes are happening too much, he's just trying to help you.

M4x1mus said,

Couldn't* If you could care less that means that you care at least a little bit. If you couldn't care less then it means you don't care at all.

It's often said as the OP said it to indicate sarcasm. In other cases, it is because the writer is stupid.

I suspect M4x1mus was using literary license by being tongue in cheek. Anyone who is bright enough to use proper capitalization and punctuation always gets the benefit of the doubt from me.

Says the person who considers his contribution to this topic to tell us he 'could' care less. Bravo.

techbeck said,

You have anything to offer to this post other than correcting my mistake?

techbeck said,
Could care less. I dont access GMAIL from Google.com. I go directly to gmail.com. I ignore the black bar.

I use the black bar when I'm, using other google services..... saves time too

Lucas said,

To be honest these type of mistakes are happening too much, he's just trying to help you.

There is so much more in life then crying over spelling mistakes...

Walrush said,
Says the person who considers his contribution to this topic to tell us he 'could' care less. Bravo.

Settle down now child...

Walrush said,
Says the person who considers his contribution to this topic to tell us he 'could' care less. Bravo.

I commented on the topic and stayed on topic. There is a difference.

Here we go again. . . .

However, I agree with M4x1mus. I don't understand why there seems to be an increase of people who simply can't speak English properly, therefore others are mis-understanding their posts and even worse, these people [u]couldn't[/u] care less.

techbeck said,
Could care less. I dont access GMAIL from Google.com. I go directly to gmail.com. I ignore the black bar.

techbeck said,

You have anything to offer to this post other than correcting my mistake?

Nope, because you posted troll bait on purpose. TROLL.

techbeck said,

I commented on the topic and stayed on topic. There is a difference.

No you did not. The topic is about Social features that Google is trying to promote. We couldn't care less about how you get to GMail.

Jebadiah said,

No, I didn't post troll bait. Some people here really need to learn what a troll is. I said I didn't care for the black bar and that I ignore it and go directly to the GMAIL link. That is giving my opinion and telling others what I do instead of using the black bar...thus staying on topic. I wasn't saying anything against the OP and my comments were topic related. No different than other comments here saying "I never access gmail this way" or "really, who accesses gmail this way" later in this thread.

And the topic was about Changes to the Google black bar and that GMAIL is not that important anymore as well as other changes to the black bar. So again, I was on topic and just expressing my opinion on the black bar and that I do not use it.

Edited by techbeck, Feb 10 2012, 4:09pm :

Mr Spoon said,
Here we go again. . . .

However, I agree with M4x1mus. I don't understand why there seems to be an increase of people who simply can't speak English properly, therefore others are mis-understanding their posts and even worse, these people [u]couldn't[/u] care less.

It's spelled "misunderstanding". Before commenting on what I already said was a mistake on my part, maybe you should spell check before you post

Edited by techbeck, Feb 10 2012, 4:24pm :