Google Search might be getting a big face lift in the coming months. The search giant might be currently experimenting with a revamped version of Search interface that seems to match the Material Design layout on Android.
The new design being tested for Google Search was spotted by Reddit users. The screenshot shared by Redditors shows revamped version will be more minimalist than the existing search interface. It also seems to have more defined borders and makes the card-box view more prominent. It is not clear how widespread the test is but we are still seeing the older design.
The Material Design was first introduced at Google I/O in 2014 and was formally launched as part of Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Since its release, Google has updated its suit of apps and service with the Material Design. The design was first released for Search and then made its way to YouTube and Chrome as well. The Material Design is now the underlying aesthetic for both Chrome OS as well as the web browser.
However, Google has been further polishing the design for its extended suit of services. Last year, Google updated its Material Design guidelines to help creative professionals work out the right color theme for their products. It also released a tool that helps creators put together different color patterns aligning with material design guidelines. The Next Web reports that Google has not officially confirmed this testing and there is no word on updated Material Design layout.
Google has brought minor design changes to its services on web, Android and Chrome OS interfaces. This testing could be in-line with ongoing transition of users from top-mounted navigation icons to bottom-mounted icons on Android. The changes could be part of an effort to migrate consumers to a refreshed layout ahead of the launch of Fuchsia kernel.