Google testing website design without familiar navigation bar

Is Google thinking about ditching that familiar black navigation bar that we see on all of its websites? Maybe. People who have downloaded and used the "Canary" development version of the Chrome web browser have noticed that the black nav bar is nowhere to be seen if it surfs over to Google's websites.

The Next Web first reported this missing navigation bar, and Neowin has independently confirmed it. The black nav bar is still visible for people who use the current mainstream public version of Chrome (version 25) as well as Internet Explorer and Firefox.

This is not the first time that Google has experimented with some new navigation features for its desktop websites. In addition, the Next Web noted that in late February, Google tried out a new layout that placed a number of graphical icons that represented menu choices on the right side of the Google page, in a manner that looked similar to the menu of an Android smartphone UI.

It seems Google wants to see what the response would be like by testers if no such visible menu choices are on display on their desktop sites. Of course, Google may ultimately decide to leave things the way they are.

Source: The Next Web | Image via Google

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Didn't they try something similar a while ago, where that bar disappeared and then it came back when you moved your mouse near it?

All I remember was when they first introduced it and everyone wanted to find a way to get rid of it.

I still never use it, its totally useless and a waste of space

How so? What if you want to search in a specific way? Just images? Just shopping?

I use it all the time and was very happy when they introduced it.

I'm STILL looking for a way to get rid of it and have NEVER used it. Totally useless and a waste, IMO also. Then again, Google is a waste, IMO. I also almost never use Google anyway. It IS NOT the greatest thing ever invented.

cork1958 said,
I'm STILL looking for a way to get rid of it and have NEVER used it. Totally useless and a waste, IMO also. Then again, Google is a waste, IMO. I also almost never use Google anyway. It IS NOT the greatest thing ever invented.
Really?, You sound like an Apple user
Care to share what can beat Gmaps, Shopping and G.images for it's searching power? Besides, as a Android user they all integrate very well for me so even if they're not quite the best it's still very handy.

dvb2000 said,
All I remember was when they first introduced it and everyone wanted to find a way to get rid of it.

I still never use it, its totally useless and a waste of space

Horses for courses. I use it every day and find it extremely useful.

How is it a monopoly? There are MANY email providers and MANY video sharing sites, etc..

It doesn't come installed on machines when you buy them (Unless it's a Chromebook, which is it's sole purpose).

Google hardly corners the market on anything. IE was completely different. MS made it a part of OS with no way to remove it without causing issues elsewhere.

neonspark said,
google is a monopoly as such the EU and DOJ will soon require it to stop bundling services. remember IE? yup same deal.

IE was installed on every single computer system that was sold. Google services you have to download or browse to to you. So how is that like IE? IE came with Windows and users were forced to use that...if only for a little bit to DL another browser. If you dont want to use Google, then dont go to Google.com or download/use any of their stuff.

techbeck said,
IE was installed on every single computer system that was sold. Google services you have to download or browse to to you. So how is that like IE? IE came with Windows and users were forced to use that...if only for a little bit to DL another browser. If you dont want to use Google, then dont go to Google.com or download/use any of their stuff.

So, if I want to use Microsoft's software/services in general, but not one of their programs (IE), that's MS forcing users to use IE, and it has to be punished.

But if I want to use Google's programs/services, just not one specific service (say, Google+), I shouldn't visit any Google site... of course, they're not forcing anything onto their users, it's Google, they are not evil like Microsoft...

Yep, that makes perfect sense. Thanks for the clarification.
/s

nenki31 said,

So, if I want to use Microsoft's software/services in general, but not one of their programs (IE), that's MS forcing users to use IE, and it has to be punished.

But if I want to use Google's programs/services, just not one specific service (say, Google+), I shouldn't visit any Google site... of course, they're not forcing anything onto their users, it's Google, they are not evil like Microsoft...

Yep, that makes perfect sense. Thanks for the clarification.
/s

Thanks for completely missing my point and what I was trying to say. Maybe all that extra sarcasm you put in is messing with your understanding.

inevitable. as more goverments look to google as the source of cash for anti-trust violations, their "navigation" bar is seen in the same light he windows desktop was seen in the 90s. meaning any link there is in direct violation of anti-trust rules which google clearly violates just as Microsoft did when it bundled IE. worse yet, people can't replace those links or un-install them since it is just a site.

neonspark said,
inevitable. as more goverments look to google as the source of cash for anti-trust violations, their "navigation" bar is seen in the same light he windows desktop was seen in the 90s. meaning any link there is in direct violation of anti-trust rules which google clearly violates just as Microsoft did when it bundled IE. worse yet, people can't replace those links or un-install them since it is just a site.

You got all that from this article? Umm, ok.

OMG! microsoft.com has Microsoft written all over it and I can't change it because it is a website! I'm going to sue their pants off over this one!

p.s. when ur done pass the stuff to the left, thanks

I have never used it. I usually do a general search and if I want more information, Ill go ahead and specify images, shopping, etc...

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