Google might be preparing a big visual change for its most
popular product, Google Search. The company is testing a
revamped version of Search which was spotted by a vigilant
netizen who posted the screenshot on Reddit.
The new face of Google Search will be beautified using the
Material Design design language built upon the card-based
interface introduced with Google Now. In addition to Android,
the material design has been slowly brought to other products
including Search, YouTube, and Chrome.
Now, it seems Search is on its way to get some more Material
Design treatment. The goal is to make the user interface as
clean as possible and the search results will be
presented like cards that individually stand out on the web
page. These visual teaks appear to be line with what Google
offers on Android and iOS; the search results on these
platforms are already displayed as cards in Google Chrome.
Existing Google Search
New Google Search
It can’t be said exactly when (or ever) the new layout will be
rolled out to the masses. But it might happen gradually over
time, rather than all at once.
This is not the first time Google is testing a card-style
interface for desktop search. The chances that Google would
scrap them off altogether seems to be less likely as the design
language has proved to be a successful and crucial element
across its product lineup.