Google releases new search UI for tablets

Google has released a new UI for its searches on tablet devices. The redesign comes as no real surprise, changing the UI to suit the newer design Google has been pushing for its main websites as well. Information displayed in the search is larger and clearer, with buttons and other page contents being slightly larger to increase the probability of pressing the correct on-screen button. The changes are beneficial whether a search is performed using a tablet in portrait or landscape view.

The change is coming in future days to both Apple's iPad 2, as well as any Android tablets running 3.1, as well as any future Android builds. As would be expected, Google have provided some images of the new UI, on Motorola's Xoom tablet. Both the search and image search redesigns are visible at the end of the article. Image searches are also altered, with continuous scroll being added (much like the present system on desktop computers), as well as faster loading of image thumbnails. Image previews are also larger, helping to find the right image for the right purpose.

According to Google's official blog post about the new UI, it will be rolling out in the coming days. It will be releasing in thirty-six languages, and can be tried by simply navigating to Google on your tablet's web browser.

 

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The ('images', 'videos', 'maps', 'news') buttons should be a bit bigger. Other than that, it looks elegant.

FMH said,
The ('images', 'videos', 'maps', 'news') buttons should be a bit bigger. Other than that, it looks elegant.

If they are too small you also have the drop down menu just under the Google logo.

sopharine said,
How about fixing the UI for the iphone. Moving the cursor inside the typing field is ****ed up.

That's not just the iPhone, that is a problem with the mobile site no matter what device you use, just saying.

While Google always had a great Search Engine, and generally speaking good products, the UI was always lacking. I think the arrival of 'Bing' made them fix that.

Is it me or is Google actually revamping their interfaces in a good way?

All of their previous designs prior to 2011 sucked.

PyX said,
Is it me or is Google actually revamping their interfaces in a good way?

All of their previous designs prior to 2011 sucked.

Yes I love new clean look.

IMHO it is first time good did design right.

PyX said,
Is it me or is Google actually revamping their interfaces in a good way?

All of their previous designs prior to 2011 sucked.


They are, except for the start page of the new Android Market for phones their recent designs are great. And since Honeycomb and it's UI design the have been using a unified look too, their new websites designs follow a similar look, lets hope Android phones get some love with Icecream Sandwhich.

PyX said,
Is it me or is Google actually revamping their interfaces in a good way?

All of their previous designs prior to 2011 sucked.

Ya it appears they are. The funny thing though, is they are using the same simplistic concepts of Microsoft's Metro UI.

I think this is a good thing, as it the work in usability and UI studies that Microsoft did was how Metro originally began, going back to the 90s. (If anyone remembers Microsoft Streets and other applications from then.)

Keeping things easy to find and simple can still be elegant, which Apple still hasn't figured out, with all the brushed aluminum and bubbles and artificial 3D effects that are distracting to the human brain.

A good graphic designer knows that even text in B&W using a single font can be presented to be pretty, sadly though people go for eye candy over elegance and functionality. (It is a bit of a shell shock response to intentionally not looking like a 'terminal' from the 80s and prior.)

Good for Google on the UI changes.

They always knew simple was important, now if they can just shift enough to realize that elegance and simple can also be the same thing. And it seems they are kind of getting this, and whether it is paying attention to what Microsoft's studies found or are just getting there on their on, it is a good thing.

I personally am extremely happy they finally got 'over' the simple = clean concept that kept Google.com hard to read, but simple. The font alone that they used for years was inherently 'hard' for the human brain in comparison to the more simplistic sans-serif font they are now using.

Next on my wishlist to get better at UI and adding elegance - Facebook...

Jarrichvdv said,
Off-topic. Chrome on Honeycomb looks hideous.
Is that Chrome or just the Android Browser? Did they finally merge the code or is the Android Browser design team take queues from Chrome? Not that they didn't have a lot of shared code in the first place.