New Google logo and homepage update starts rolling out

Newer cleaner design starts rolling out.

Google has started rolling out their update for the Google.com homepage. The update removes the black bar at the top of the page and also sports a new flatter logo, which can be seen below. 


Newer, flatter Google logo!

The site also features a new "Apps" menu instead of the black bar across the top of the page, which can also be seen in greater detail below.

The update was rolled out in the U.K. three weeks ago, but was only available to a limited amount of users at the time.

Although this appears to be available in The Netherlands, it hasn't been pushed out worldwide yet. Google is likely staggering the update, so let us know in the comments if you have it yet!

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Well here's hoping they roll this out for their paying enterprise customers too.

We're a week away from corporately going google. Would be great if all our training materials do not line up with the new UI.

I got it a few days ago here in the UK. I like it, it looks nice and clean.

The apps drop down is nice, and I like how you can just scroll within the drop down to access the other hidden ones.

I wouldn't call this a 'new' layout, once again the bar with 'images' moves back to below the search bar, just after everyone got used to it being at the top of the screen....

TRC said,
They are still up at the top.

Nope, they have moved, they are no longer at the top of the page and are now below the search bar. Yes, that's still the top of the page and not the bottom, but not the same place.

Yeah an make the search bar 1.2 inches long (can't fit two full words) in IE11... Hence why I've been using Bing more and more. Used to put Google on a pedestal few years ago... nowadays if I could, I would drawn them in my spit...

fobban said,
Why not use the omnibox? Faster than first navigating to [insert search engine].

1) Habit
2) I prefer to keep Bing my default but still use Google every once in a while for certain things

I had it on one of my PCs but not on the other. I personally don't like the extra click to get to youtube or calendar.

Is there a work around to force the bar to remain?

I noticed that while I am in UK (and so should have had this change already), the bar only disappeared yesterday when I changed my language from "Bork, bork, bork!" - which it has been for *years* - to English.

lunamonkey said,
I had it on one of my PCs but not on the other. I personally don't like the extra click to get to youtube or calendar.

Is there a work around to force the bar to remain?

Use older browsers, every single browser and every single version of that browser, get another version of the Google home page, consistent = 0 for Googles home page.

Glad to see that we're finally getting away from the glossy, glassy, gradient filled hell that defined "Web 2.0"

I'm really glad to see that horrible black bar gone. It was so distracting, what were they thinking with that thing? The new logo looks much more up to date also; beveled text is so last decade.

Is it just me, or does the "l" look like it has fuzzy edges at the top and bottom? I notice it every time I look at the logo and it kind of spoils the flatness - which otherwise I like a lot.

It has fuzzy edges and the left and right, too. The image is larger than the size it's being displayed at, and is scaled down using HTML. This is an unusual approach, but presumably they have plans of making it responsive. Still, looks odd.

Nothing to report here in China. Of course there's no Google here at all in the world's largest market. They screwed everything up then ran away and hid several years ago. Most people don't even remember them let alone miss them.

All the ranting and raving about the big, bad Chinese government was just a way of hiding the truth - that they couldn't manage a fart at a baked bean eating contest - from their bemused shareholders. Maybe a flat logo will help. Everything Microsoft does, Google eventually copies.

I hate how nobody recognises that Google have been leading the blatant propaganda behind why the rest of the world seems to disagree with China treating it's citizens like cattle, and that Microsoft were the innovators and creators of flat logo design.

Didn't Google get ouf ot China to not bend to the Chinese Government's requests regarding turning over all their users data?

I don't see how that'd be a "screw up" or "blatant propaganda".

@ichi yeah it was to do with that, but more specifically because the Chinese government created too much work for Google for requests to block certain websites from the results. I believe they said it wasn't worth the effort to stay in China. Even Neowin is blocked there!

So the whole flat design principals which are the underpinnings of metro/modern UI are now being used all over the place. I'm just waiting for the first person to attribute this new design ethos to apple, I'm sure its already happened I've just not seen it yet.

Hehe - indeed. I'm convinced that in ten years' time Yahoo will be a name that the public associate with internet history, not internet present (as we tech-news-site-readers already do).

Unfortunately that might be the case, especially since BT are planning on moving all their email clients from Yahoo. They should have dropped the exclamation mark to begin with.

Of course, I wouldn't want to see Flickr die, so it may be that Yahoo will only exist as the parent company of Flickr in the future. I don't really want to be forced to move to 500px, the community there is less than savoury. Also they live by the philosophy of "HDR all the things"

Chasethebase said,
Unfortunately that might be the case, especially since BT are planning on moving all their email clients from Yahoo. They should have dropped the exclamation mark to begin with.

Of course, I wouldn't want to see Flickr die, so it may be that Yahoo will only exist as the parent company of Flickr in the future. I don't really want to be forced to move to 500px, the community there is less than savoury. Also they live by the philosophy of "HDR all the things"

Let's suppose Flickr does die, is 500px as good as a file dump and Image tagging depot?

I don't care about "photography" as such, I just want somehwere to dump my files with EXIF capability.

Northgrove said,
Funny to watch this change happen at the same time as Yahoo moves to a logo with bevels.

1994 Called. They want there bevels back.

SK[ said,]No change for me, UK.

I'm in the UK and have had it for a few days now... it's okay, nice and clean, however they've made your 'favourites' smaller now which is slightly worse imo.