Google gives Search on iOS, Android a makeover


Google refreshes the mobile search experience with a new look that’s easier on the eyes, simpler, and more modern.

“We wanted to take a step back to simplify a bit so people could find what they’re looking for faster and more easily,” writes Google designer Aileen Cheng in a blog post. “I find it really refreshing. To me, it’s a breath of fresh air!” 

According to Cheng, the redesign’s purpose was to bring information into focus, make texts easier to read, create more breathing room, use color to highlight what’s important, and lean into that “Googley” feeling.

The new layout features an edge-to-edge design with the results separated by straight lines instead of rounded boxes.

“The overall effect is that you have more visual space and breathing room for Search results and other content to take center stage,” says Cheng.

While there’s a bit more whitespace, Google has added splashes of color to emphasize certain parts of the page. The Google logo and search bar get more roundness, too, in mobile search.

“Rethinking the visual design for something like Search is really complex,” the designer concludes. “That’s especially true given how much Google Search has evolved. We’re not just organizing the web’s information, but all the world’s information.”

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