Google Mobile Top Bar A Bit Too Much?

Jul 5, 2011 • 8:16 am | comments (17) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Along with the lunch of the new black bar top navigation on Google, Google launched a new top bar for mobile users. I assume people are just so upset over the top black bar on on their desktop that they don't have that much time to complain about the new mobile top bar.

Here is a picture of it:

Google Mobile Top Bar

I am a bit shocked that Google has made the mobile top bar more graphically intensive than the desktop top bar.

It not only takes up more space that the desktop version, which is bad since mobile devices have much less screen real estate but it also takes up more bytes in size because of the graphic nature of the top bar.

That being said, I am sure Google does everything to minimize the time it takes to download the top bar on a smart phone. Plus, Google auto scrolls the top bar down beneath the fold so you do not see it after the page loads but it is still seems excessive.

There is a thread at Google Web Search Help with some complaints. One searcher said:

I agree. At least give us the option of disabling the auto-dropdown. I, too, have been errantly hitting the icons when they drop down. It is VERY annoying.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Andy Francos

07/05/2011 12:27 pm

Totally agree with the above point, I keep hitting 'news' when trying to enter a new search term.

Gareth O' Neill

07/05/2011 03:33 pm

I actually like it!

Kristi Davis

07/05/2011 03:34 pm

@rustybrick that mobile bar drives me nuts on my iPhone. You can adjust it but I'm constantly adjusting it and moving the page up and down to get it out of my sight. 

Barry Schwartz

07/05/2011 03:35 pm

Personally, I can do without it.  It is pretty but for me, I do not need it.


07/05/2011 03:46 pm

I actually really like it. The button targets are much bigger and easier to hit with a finger. Also, and maybe it's just on my phone, but the big buttons don't appear unless I pull down on the page. Until then they're just the words. 

John Doherty

07/05/2011 03:54 pm

I'm going to have to agree with Ryan. I think it is now much easier to switch between Apps and Notifications. I wonder how else they could have implemented it.


07/05/2011 05:45 pm

I'm not a fan. It's a barrier for navigation for me, but probably only because I'm so used to tapping that space for a search. I will probably get used to the increased header area relatively quickly.

Christopher Johnston

07/05/2011 06:54 pm

I honestly don't mind it because it works better than text items in the menu(better designed for fingers). I do think that for those of us in non-4G markets anything that slows down page load is frustrating. I was at a baseball game last night trying to look up something on Google on my Android phone and I gave up because it was taking too long to load.


07/05/2011 10:22 pm

It's been driving me absolutely insane - the rare combination of fat fingers and impatience that I'm working with makes this design somewhere around horrible in terms of user friendliness. Really would like to turn it off...

willow mouse

07/06/2011 02:34 pm

This has almost made me throw the phone through the window, I can't possibly understand how this got through its first initial build!?


07/07/2011 09:16 am

i hate it. i kept accidentally pressing it. 

Dave Fowler

07/07/2011 11:15 am

Google, if you're listening, the mobile toolbar is driving me nuts. Used on my iPhone, I'm attempting to click into the search bar only to have the buttons emerge just as I'm typing. This is happening about 50% of the time, making it almost unusable. Bing should start courting Apple over this. Google should sack the engineer responsible (or at least make him stand in the corner of the room for an afternoon).


07/08/2011 02:14 am

it is driving me crazy!!!


07/08/2011 01:03 pm

I have moved to bing because of the mobile top bar; it may auto scroll when the page fist loads but if you scroll on the page it drops it down and causes you to mistype or hit the wrong button.


07/09/2011 08:37 pm

I can't stand it! It drops down at the worst times and I end up going to news or places. I want the option to disable it, I just don't need or want it.


07/12/2011 02:34 am

This annoys the hell out of me too! When I scroll back up to the top to do a new search, it magically appears right where the search box is an I hit the "news" icon unintentionally everytime! I'm switching to Bing indefinitely until this is changed - please fix this google, it is more of a hindrance than an enhancement.


12/16/2011 06:18 pm

You people are all entitled pricks. You tend to forget that being able to do a web search from anywhere is a PRIVILEGE. You know what annoys ME? First-world motherfuckers like you whining about something they could easily live without. Suck it up and deal with it. =/

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