Google testing new look for search results

Critics are slamming a test version of Google's search results that offer more white space and fewer results.

Google users are griping over what appears to be a new sparse layout for Google search results being tested by the search giant. Google says it is doing what's sometimes called a "bucket test" - experimenting with changes by only making them visible to some users. Google's search pages that are a part of this test show a lot more white space, and inevitably, fewer search results per page.

In addition to more spacing between each result and line of text, the familiar blue links are no longer underlined, and each item is now separated by a dotted line in the new design. The color scheme also seems a bit softer and greener, overall.

Testing from my location in the Mountain time zone early Sunday didn't reveal any changes in the results, but a number of Twitter users have posted screen shots from around the world.

The redesign has provoked the (occasionally profanity-laced) ire of many users on Twitter and elsewhere on the Web, with a critic at TechCrunch declaring it "ugly."

I suspect the aim of the new design may be about more than just aesthetics, and may have to do with integration of new features - like folding in Voice Search, which Google recently began testing - or perhaps new ads. Either way, it's likely to take some getting used to, but not very likely to drive users to Bing or elsewhere.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags internetGoogletwittersearch enginessearch

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Eric Mack

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?