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Google Navigation Bar gets a makeover.......Again!

Google falls back its Navigation Bar to the good ol’ Black

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Google homepage is now back with the old black navigation bar. Just a few months back Google had released a compact version of its navigation bar which used javascript to show a drop-down menu layout. Apparently the change upset a few of them.

As you can see in the pic below, the navigation bar is hidden behind the Google logo and expands when you hover over it. This bar was beginning to get uncomfortable for users, as we couldn’t directly click on the links. Also it was time consuming to hover over the logo and locate the links we wished to go to.

Google old rollover navigation bar

The use of javascript on pages also makes it rather slow while loading. Any Search Engine’s primemost characteristic should be, that it should load quickly, to make users search for things they want, right after they hit the Search button. Another drawback of the old navigation bar was, it took too much space on the homepage.

Here is the new navigation bar which was seen just a few weeks back. The navigation bar is black and is static. There are direct links placed on the bar to your favorite social features.

Google new black navigation bar

If you are still seeing the old hover navigation bar, try clearing cookies and emptying your cache from the browser and restart to see the new bar. Personally i think the black navigation bar is just fine, pure simple and attractive. That’s the way i like it. It seems Google is trying out new features to measure the user experience. Getting valuable feedback from people is a nice way to experiment something new.

The new black bar is compact in its design and sits right at the top of the webpage. Sometimes simple is better. We shouldn’t try to complicate things just so they can look nice.

What do you think of the new Google Navigation Bar? Please share your opinions by making a comment! Thank You.
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Gmail gets a new look and a redesigned interface

Gmail gets a new look too: New themes, Smart search box and more

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Gmail has been revamped and now has a new look. It is a part of Google‘s transitions to provide a rich new user interface across all its products, now Gmail has climbed aboard too.

Lets check out what new features have been introduced in the Gmail‘s interface.

New HD themes:

Firstly there are a lot of HD themes for you to check it out. I tried out some of the nice themes like Beach theme and Ocean theme. I loved those two a

lot. Go ahead and personalize your mailbox now.

Gmail's new look - new HD themes introduced

Smart Search Box:

Next feature is the search box. It is a whole lot smarter now. There is no need for you to remember anything. Just enter any word that you are searching for in a mail and Gmail will list out all the results for you.

Gmail's new look - smart search box

You can also filter your search criteria by providing the recipient’s name or an approximate date interval you received that mail. Gmail also gives you the option to search it from All Mail, Spam, Trash and other boxes.

Easily identify your conversations:

The next new change is the redesigned conversations. You can now see profile pictures embedded right beside your specific conversation. Now it becomes more easy for you to identify the person with whom you had a conversation.

Gmail's new look - redesigned conversations

Choose the appearance for your mails:

There’s also been a change at how you look at mails. Whether you want your mails to be spaciously arranged or in a cozy fashion or prefer a much more compact one. You can set it right away by accessing the Gears handle and choosing your arrangement according to your needs.

Gmail's new look - customize mail appearance

As an added advantage Gmail will automatically resize itself if you resize your browser window, so it looks nice in all cases.

Customize your chat area:

The last feature is the customizable chat area. Now you can resize your labels and chat box. For people who chat a lot you can leave the box to show up all the time or if you don’t chat a whole lot often you can hide it by accessing the chat icon in the lower left area.

Gmail's new look - resize chat area

So these are the new changes the Google team rolled out on Gmail today. If you enjoyed these features as much as i did, don’t forget to post a comment and share your views with us.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

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Google Reader gets a new look

Google Reader gets a new look! Is now systematic and gives option to +1

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That’s right. Google Reader is getting revamped. In the past couple of months every Google product has got the new Google look, starting from Google+, Gmail, Calendar, Docs etc. Now its Google Reader’s time.

The new Google Reader interface is similar to Gmail’s interface. Also Google Reader has now integration with Google+ to share the posts on Google’s very own social network. The “Like” button on feed items too has been replaced by “+1” button.

According to the official blog post, Software Engineer Alan Green said that,

“Integrating with Google+ also helps us streamline Reader overall. So starting today we’ll be turning off friending, following, shared items and comments in favor of similar Google+ functionality.”

Google Reader gets a new interface

We all know that previous look of Google Reader wasn’t so smartly design, many links and feeds were poorly arranged and overall it messed up the interface. This new look gives a systematic interface to Google Reader for a user to get to things very easily.

Many of them are not comfortable adapting to the new interface and already people are complaining about Google eliminating many features from the Google Reader. However if you are one of those who do like the new interface then please comment and share your views with us.

Source: Official Google Blog

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