Google's Bigger Search Results Are Buggy But It's A Test

Mar 6, 2014 • 8:19 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

We've covered many Google user interface tests and we've seen the bigger Google fonts in the search results, we've seen Google test not displaying underlines and much more. But it seems Google have ramped up those tests.

I covered it at Search Engine Land earlier this week but more and more people are discussing it online.

Here is what it looks like side by side, the left is the new interface and the right is the old (click to enlarge):

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Now, there are complaints because there are CSS and formatting issues with this new design, new test. Yes, it is a test and thus it is allowed to have mistakes.

A Google Web Search Help thread has one searcher seeing the bugs and he has no clue he is in a test, he just is a searcher trying to find search results. But the text is overlapping for him and makes the search experience poor. Again, he has no idea he is in a test.

David Naylor covered many fails with this test as well.

Google new design failure

Either Google is going to kill the test and not launch it or they will fix the issues and eventually launch it. It seems Google stepped up the testing on this design this week but it doesn't mean it is going live.

I am personally able to see it randomly as well, so it is being heavily tested.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Durant Imboden

03/06/2014 06:31 pm

I've been seeing the new format routinely for several days now. If it's implemented, I suppose I'll get used to it, but it'll be sad to see underlined links disappear from Google's search results. Next thing you know, they'll change the color of the links. (Maybe they should have an "old school" viewing option for traditionalists.)

Linda Buquet

03/06/2014 09:48 pm

Thanks Barry, was reported at my forum yesterday but I've not had time to scour my feedreader until now, so I'm glad I saw this post.


03/07/2014 12:48 pm

I'm liking the new design, makes it a lot cleaner. Although it does look a lot similar to duckduckgo and Yandex.

Ryan Biddulph

03/09/2014 02:43 pm

Clean, clear and concise. I loved the new design the minute I spotted it, during a recent search. Well done Google!

Chery Schmidt

03/09/2014 10:14 pm

I would never have noticed if you hadn't put the pics side by side for us! I Like it! Thanks for sharing Chery :))


03/12/2014 09:26 am

is there a way to get back to the old design localy by tweaking some things in the browser ? i hate the new design without the underlign i feel its bugged

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