Google Reshapes Mobile Search on Android and iOS

As the company’s flagship product, major changes in Google search take some time to develop and are heavily tested. Google today announced an important redesign of how search looks on mobile that focuses on simplicity.

It starts at the top of the screen where the search field is now visually elevated by company logos, profile avatars and other elements. The couple delves into how the bar previously used faint gray outlines. The search filters that appear below are no longer magnified, while the current range of view is marked by a narrow black color instead of just blue.

Knowledge panels are currently distinguished by a large header that includes name, category, and carousel, while the background is lightly themed. The new design drops this separate top section and makes it one with information and image galleries – now featuring rounded corners – displayed below.

One aspect of this redesign uses colors that “guide the eye to convey important information without being intentionally heavy or distracted.” For example, this subtopics emphasizes the carousel, which now displays each section in separate chips. A spectrum of hues – bold muted – was discovered for this redesign, but Google opted for a solid background to keep the focus on the content.

Mobile Google Search Redesign

At the bottom of the page, the web result now extends from left to right edge. Although still placed in the card, the effect is much less pronounced as the shadows move away. Overall, it helps provide more space for content and results that are less busy.

Another change sees the Google Sans font used in more places in a larger and bolder weight. In the company’s exclusive font, the text is easier to read on the white background and in very large spaces for knowledge graphs. It helps users scan results quickly.

“We want to let search results shine, allowing people to focus on information rather than the design elements around them.”

The goal of this improvement on phones and other mobile devices is to make search easier by regaining everything else. It is rolling out for the mobile web as well as Android and iOS Google apps, starting today and will be widely available in the coming days. Desktop search already has a similar redesign, but only for certain types of queries, such as those related to COVID-19.

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