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Google to Introduce New Google Bar

If you are using any of the Google service including: Gmail, Google Reader, Google+, Google Search or Google Maps, you must have encountered a black strip across the top of the screen with links to Google’s different services. Google launched the Black Google Bar in June. Since then the bar has, however, met with variable remarks – majority of them have thought it to be as what on Earth is that ugly thing?

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There is good news for all those who disliked the idea of bringing Black Google Bar. The bar will soon be vanished from the screens. Google released a statement on its blog today saying that the current bar would be replaced with a pop-up one that appears when a user mouse over the Google logo. Moreover, the redesign will feature a smaller, less invasive light gray bar dominated by a search box.


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In an official blog post announcement made by technical lead Eddie Kessler (identifies as “cat herder” on Google profile), he states, “Instead of the horizontal black bar at the top of the page, you’ll now find links to your services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo. We’ll show you a list of links and you can access additional services by hovering over the “More” link at the bottom of the list. Click on what you want, and you’re off.”

The new setup is described as “the next stage in our redesign” by Kessler. The ambiguity is still there that why Google’s redesign had to go through a ‘black bar’ phase in its evolution in the first place. Perhaps, the decision is made in accordance with reviews regarding the black bar – majority of which suggested that it doesn’t do justice with the rest of the aesthetics of the new Google redesign.

The company has not given any hints of when the redesign will begin to roll out. But it is certainly a good move from the company that will be welcomed by majority of the users for sure.

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