In June we reported how Google was testing top down navigation. Since then, we didn't hear much of it until early September when users started seeing it again.
Here is a picture:
As you can see, Google is also hiding the number of results returned in this user interface.
One user who is now seeing this new interface complained in the Google Web Search Help forums that the results count is missing. But also, Google finally confirmed in the forums that this is indeed a test Google is trying out.
Google's Sarah said:
You guys nailed it. This is an experimental version of the page and involves no form of configuring on your end. This does mean for now that you won't see the result count numbers, but you could always try opening up a new browser or using an incognito or private browsing window.
I am really happy you wrote in with your feedback on the result count numbers as we don't often hear about how helpful it can be for particular scenarios. Feedback about these kinds of ideas and testing we are doing is incredibly useful and will be sure to pass along.
Anyway, here is a video of how it works from June. It pretty much looks exactly the same to me:
Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.
Note: This story was scheduled to be posted on this day, but was written earlier.