Google has been playing around with some new designs lately, even going so far as to update the buttons on its homepage, but now it’s gone one step further and updated the whole thing.
The latest addition to the Google page is that the search box and logo load first, without any untoward delay, and then other (less prominent) bits and pieces load up in the background and fade in as they become available. The latest posting on the Google blog explains the reasoning behind the latest change to Google’s by now iconic homepage.
According to Google’s VP of Search Products, Marrissa Mayer, the change comes represents the use that most people want and need to get from Google’s page, saying on Google’s Official Blog,
“For the vast majority of people who come to the Google homepage, they are coming in order to search, and this clean, minimalist approach gives them just what they are looking for first and foremost.
For those users interested in using a different application like Gmail, Google Image Search or our advertising programs, the additional links on the homepage only reveal themselves when the user moves the mouse.”
If nothing else, it’s nice to see Google keeping the homepage up to date, and we’ll be very curious to see just how well the new homepage’s “fade in” approach managed to work itself in with older browsers. We imagine it could well be a struggle on the now long-suffering Internet Explorer 6, but it seems unlikely that Google would have pushed it out without there being support there for the new page.