Google Tests Hiding Search Icons From Left Menu

Sep 8, 2011 • 8:56 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Icons GoneRuben who is excellent at spotting new Google user interface tests, has spotted yet another one and posted the details in the Google Blogoscoped Forums.

This new test, as you can see from the image in this post, has the icons removed from the search options on the left. The icons that were originally introduced in 2009 with the Jazz user interface is now being removed for some users.

This test seems to be going on with the new Google top bar test at the same time. I personally do not see it but Ruben posted a screen shot.

The icons kind of grew on me, especially since the colorful icons came to the mobile search interface.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.

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malcolm coles

09/08/2011 01:04 pm

They already dropped the mobile ones didn't they as they kept opening just as you were about to click something - and moving everything so you clicked the wrong thing. Or am I still I a long-running test without them?!

Barry Schwartz

09/08/2011 01:08 pm

Scroll up and they are there, no?

Lionel Bachmann

09/08/2011 09:45 pm

I'm with you, keep the icons. Without them, the left menu looks kinda boring. Besides if you're in another country using Google, you won't have to know how to read the language to navigate the left menu.

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