Google abandons big, black drop-down menu

Google replaced the big drop-down menu it launched as part of its Google+ redesign with a static menu bar

Google has begun replacing the chunky, black drop-down menu of services it launched in November as part of an effort to integrate Google+ across its whole platform.

In response to user feedback, the company is replacing the drop-down menu with a static menu running across the top of its pages, according to a blog post Thursday.

The new menu provides a list of some of Google's most popular services -- including Search, Maps and YouTube -- across the top of its pages and gives users faster access to them than having to click the drop-down menu and then scroll through the list. The new menu does still have a drop-down menu for "more" services including Translate, Blogger and Reader, among others.

The rollout will take a few weeks, according to the company blog post.

"The new design retains many of the feature changes we made in November that proved popular," the post says, "including a unified search box and Google+ sharing and notifications across Google."

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the changes.

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