Google set to mimic Microsoft's Bing search backgrounds

Google has revealed it plans to introduce search backgrounds for its search engine.

The feature, available today for those in the U.S., allows users to select their own background for the Google.com homepage or choose from galleries that Google provides. Microsoft's Bing search engine has provided changing daily backgrounds since the service launched in May 2009. The backgrounds, with handy facts, have proved popular across the Internet with some choosing to archive the various International versions.

Google VP Marissa Mayer revealed the feature in a blog post on Wednesday. "For those of you who want to enjoy the clean, simple look of Google as well as your personalised view, we've made it easy to switch between your customised search page and classic Google. We hope you enjoy this fun new feature and that it makes Google search more your own" Mayer said.

Google's custom backgrounds are being made available in the U.S. initially with International availability scheduled "in the coming days".

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so did google figured ppl using bing in google.. wants ppl to stop using bing.. so making google look like bing? eh? first redesign and now background image.

TRC said,
First they redesign their results page to look like Bing's, now this.

but but but microsoft steals all the ideas from others. lol I LOVE MY BING

ZekeComa said,

Get over it. Plus Bing sucks.

I don't care what you think is better, Bing is definitely the best in my book. And to believe that mostly everything from Bing is now becoming part of Google is out of this world insane... Google get your own ideas.

Electric Jolt said,

I don't care what you think is better, Bing is definitely the best in my book. And to believe that mostly everything from Bing is now becoming part of Google is out of this world insane... Google get your own ideas.

Well tell Microsoft the same thing too. People copy things off others all the time. It's business. Why you think there are over 1000 different types of tv's, dvd players, cd players, software, etc.

ZekeComa said,

Get over it. Plus Bing sucks.

Apparently, they're doing something right for Google to copy their results page and now their main search page...

XX55XX said,
Google needs to slap a border on that search box, like Bing does. At this moment, it looks terrible.

WELL, we can't 'copy' everything now, can we?

Morning all,

Saw this on Gizmo site but that link just does not appear for me.
Wondering if anyone else cant see the link?
Running IE8

I love how Google go to all this effort for an AJAX implementation that hides everything but search box until you move the page... then go and add this. Little bit of confusion in the Googleplex?

ascendant123 said,
I love how Google go to all this effort for an AJAX implementation that hides everything but search box until you move the page... then go and add this. Little bit of confusion in the Googleplex?

HAHA, good point. lol

Saul Goodman said,
Sounds very unlike the Google from a few years ago.

Maybe they've realised their awful white background just doesn't cut it with some of us

I'm not on the front page of any search engine long enough to care about a background. I don't ever type in Google.com or Bing.com anymore. My browsers have built in search boxes. It just seems like Google is out to copy everything everyone is doing these days.

asdavis10 said,
I'm not on the front page of any search engine long enough to care about a background. I don't ever type in Google.com or Bing.com anymore. My browsers have built in search boxes. It just seems like Google is out to copy everything everyone is doing these days.

+1

Thirteen said,
Copycat anyone?

+1.

Why when Apple/ Google/ other companies implement some features which are available from others, people call it "mimic"/ "borrow"; while Microsoft do so will be called "steal"/ "copy"?

I don't understand why Apple/ Google/ other companies have privilege to "copy" ideas from others.

GraphiteCube said,

+1.

Why when Apple/ Google/ other companies implement some features which are available from others, people call it "mimic"/ "borrow"; while Microsoft do so will be called "steal"/ "copy"?

I don't understand why Apple/ Google/ other companies have privilege to "copy" ideas from others.

Well Microsoft does a crappy job of implementing them "ideas" and if they don't they patent whore it like they do everything else, even if there is prior art of it; like the Ribbon.

ZekeComa said,

Well Microsoft does a crappy job of implementing them "ideas" and if they don't they patent whore it like they do everything else, even if there is prior art of it; like the Ribbon.

There was prior art for the ribbon? This is something I've never heard before...

As for patents, Microsoft isn't the only company that patents things... The system may be broken, but it's not Microsoft's fault...

Anyone aware that Google Search is now available over SSL? I went to try the background feature on the U.S site and instead found the SSL feature. For now I think it is only for U.S. Google is now evermore trust-able

tooshpz said,
Anyone aware that Google Search is now available over SSL? I went to try the background feature on the U.S site and instead found the SSL feature. For now I think it is only for U.S. Google is now evermore trust-able

Yes, google's trustable *eyeroll*

Meph said,
Hmmm. The backgrounds look a lot better on Bing. I don't like the way Google does it.

I agree. And Bing changes it every day, which is interesting to me. AND Bing gives you information about it as well, which I like...

Cant complain about this feature really if they're allowing you to keep the classic view if desired.. Just more things the end user can do which is all we can really ask for.

I'm glad Google is allowing us to keep the classic homepage. One thing I liked about Google was that the design was functional, and didn't really give anything you didn't need to see.

tomcoleman said,
sod having a background the reason i use google is its simple and clean

Not because it just works a hell of a load better than Bing? But yeah, I agree I want my search engine to load as fast as hell.

GeekTwo said,

Not because it just works a hell of a load better than Bing? But yeah, I agree I want my search engine to load as fast as hell.

ammm wont the image be downloaded once and stay stored in your pc? At least i hope so. or else it fails.

GeekTwo said,

Not because it just works a hell of a load better than Bing?

Works better at what? I've used both and use what gets me to the result fastest - in my case, Bing.

Maybe the problem is you're waiting for your search page to load. I often never see Bing's search page because I type queries into my browsers input bar. Saves a step.

Neb Okla said,

Works better at what? I've used both and use what gets me to the result fastest - in my case, Bing.

Maybe the problem is you're waiting for your search page to load. I often never see Bing's search page because I type queries into my browsers input bar. Saves a step.

+1. I configured Firefox to Search Bing on my address bar (so that I could get rid of the search box)

GeekTwo said,

Not because it just works a hell of a load better than Bing? But yeah, I agree I want my search engine to load as fast as hell.

The background shouldn't have any effect on the speed at which the page would load. It can simply be an AJAX call after the required contents of the page have loaded completely.

I hate the idea of having wallpapers/backgrounds on search engines. They are very distracting and are uncalled for, really. At least Google gives you the option to set/reset it. Bing doesn't.

having gone to the US site to test this, I must say I'm disappointed. Very slow to load (bing photos seem to load in the background and not delay the main page load). Why do you have to chose the background? Will it automatically update each day? Why does it ask YOU to confirm you have permission to use the pictures.....

Very strange.....

theyarecomingforyou said,
I don't like it but at least it's an option for those that do. Personally I much prefer to have a simple, clean interface.

+1.. might as well use bing then.. The only reason i stick to google is cause its simple.. and well search results to

dimithrak said,

+1.. might as well use bing then.. The only reason i stick to google is cause its simple.. and well search results to

+1.

NyaR said,
what does +1 mean? +1 to your post count? I used do do that when I was 5...
And now you are ... +18? and still arguing over silly things? BTW +1 means he reps. the previous comment.


Back on topic: This is probably a step taken by Google for the Chrome OS home page. Because Chrome OS starts off with the Chrome browser after you log-in, you don't necessarily see a Desktop there. So there's no Wallpaper of any sort. This google.com background fills that gap. Apparently, many people like setting wallpapers.

dvb2000 said,
having gone to the US site to test this, I must say I'm disappointed. Very slow to load (bing photos seem to load in the background and not delay the main page load). Why do you have to chose the background? Will it automatically update each day? Why does it ask YOU to confirm you have permission to use the pictures.....

Very strange.....

Yeah. Though I do like Bing's images each day, this to me seems completely pointless...

Jebadiah said,
Back on topic: This is probably a step taken by Google for the Chrome OS home page. Because Chrome OS starts off with the Chrome browser after you log-in, you don't necessarily see a Desktop there. So there's no Wallpaper of any sort. This google.com background fills that gap. Apparently, many people like setting wallpapers.

Oh, I wasn't thinking about that. I guess that makes sense then for that at least...

NyaR said,
what does +1 mean? +1 to your post count? I used do do that when I was 5...

When I was 5, people didn't have the Internet. So you must be... what... 14 now?