Google is constantly testing things from new algorithms that we cannot directly see, to the user interface that we do directly see. In a recent Google test, Google is showing the old top navigation bar, in black.
Here is what you should normally see, no top black bar:
Here is what Google is testing, that thin black top navigation bar:
@HydrophobicDuck shared these photos with me, saying he is seeing the new top bar randomly.
Google has tested the top navigation bar a crazy amount of times. Here are a select few of what we've covered in the past on these tests:
- Google's Black & Gray Design Is Here To Stay
- Google Tests Black Bar
- Google Goes Gray With New Design Test
- Here Come The White Google Navigation Bar Complaints...
- Google Tests Boxy Navigation Bar
- Goodbye Black Google Bar, Welcome Google Drop Down Menu
- Google's Top Down Navigation Design Going Global
- Google Changes Navigation Bar Again
- Google Testing Another Top Bar Navigation Look
- Google Testing New Alternative Search Navigation Links
- Google To Launch New Top Navigation: White Top & Box Bar
- Google White Bar & App Launcher Official, As Expected...
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