Been into Google recently? That is probably a silly question, a high percentage of us do it every day. Have you seen the changes slowly taking place in preparation for us all being part of Google+?
Google Main Page
Since just after Google broke the announcement about the new social networking setup, the Front Page of Google.com (or .co.uk or whatever) you will now see a black bar at the top housing all the menus. Nothing major, just a small cosmetic change that will keep the experience the same inside and out of Google+
As of Wednesday Google Calendar also got a cosmetic makeover. No new features have been added to the service but some features have been moved around to declutter the screen and increase the interoperability between desktop and mobile devices.
- Merging the Quick Add button with the Create button
- adding more icons for functions such as Print, Refresh, reminders and guests,
- The removal of the Save and Discard buttons on the bottom of the page.
The big change that users will notice though is the blockier interface, the changes in color and the increased use of white space for the background.
“The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and our goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience — one that works no matter which Google product you’re using or what device you’re using it on,”
Click “Try the new look” under the cog in the upper right corner of the app to see the new UI. You can return to the old way if you don’t like the redesign.
Not to be left out, Google Mail can get a facelift to the new look. You can enable these yourself if you want to ecperience it. Click on the Cog on the top right and select Mail Settings. On the settings page click on the Themes section. Down at the bottom there are two new themes named “Preview” and “Preview (dense),” the clean look is more spread out than the classic Gmail interface.
As with the Calendar update, the aim is to strip out clutter and clean the interface.
This may not be the final look for Gmail… it’s “a sort of sneak peek” because it plans to make this design a permanent part of Gmail’s new interface, which “will eventually expand dynamically to accommodate different screen sizes and user preferences.
If you don’t like either of these themes, all the other themes are still there, or you can simply revert back to what you have now. Try it out for yourself and take it for a test drive…. I’m liking it already.