New Google logo, navigation bar coming soon to a browser near you

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 19, 2013


A few weeks ago, rumblings of a new, flatter Google logo were making their rounds. The logo refresh had a very sparse feel, with a revamped color palette and less shading across the letters. The font was slightly tweaked as well, giving it a very — dare I say — iOS7 feel.

While a rumor at the time, it’s now a reality. Via their blog, Google has announced the refined logo, as well as a change to the navigation bar. Gone is the black bar running along the top of your browser window; you will now be able to find all your favorite Google items via a menu, towards the right of the screen.

The new menu has been available to some Chrome OS users for a few weeks, with your Google+ posting and Gmail displayed outside of the menu, along with (curiously) image search. The menu houses all the other things that would be in the black bar menu, and mimics the Chrome OS app drawer icon.

In a further step toward encouraging more social interaction via Google+, there is a “share” tab, which will allow for a quick post to your Google+ account. Like sharing from within Google’s social layer, you can share pictures, videos, or add an event. Mr. Jingles, the Google+ notification icon, is also there to let you know who is trying to reach you.

The changes are set to roll out to users over the coming weeks, and are a nice compliment to the design changed Google has made with many of their mobile apps.


  • I got the update a little while ago. Its interesting and since I use Google on a regular basis, its a welcome update. I particularly like the apps button in the bookmark bar and the homepage have the search bar with a few visited links below the search bar. Its just a helpful feature.

  • pretty awesome I’m excited to see how they’re tying everything together

  • Thiago Luiz Gonzalez

    well i just jeck it and its up to date !!!!
    this is why i like google!!!

  • bob

    Its awful, just adds extra steps to accessing services. Please leave it alone.

  • JagaJaga

    i wish they updated ALL of the ICONS for their services instead of the google LOGO. Their icons are just a GIANT MESS, and lack continuity, in sizes, and pictures…. Google logo is, well, a google logo, I couldve lived w/o this particular update

  • 123xx

    I received the update it looks much nicer however there’s a problem with the search bar. Every time I type something there it uses the url bar instead. Overall it looks sleek and modern

  • Fantastico

    I wish Google would stop hiding things in drop-down menus. They did this to Gmail a year or two ago, and it has complicated what was meant to be a simple email experience. Life was much simpler when options were immediately visible, rather than hidden.

    • Frustrated

      I share your opinion whole-heartedly. They did the exact same thing to youtube few days ago, hiding the “large player” -button and some others under drop-menu. Now instead of one click I need four to get the bigger player.

      I mean they have the screen space, why not use it?

    • OsakaBoy

      Very true. I agree Gmail, from the interface perspective, is not as simple as it used to be. For me, the perfect email experience would be Gmail with something along the lines of the interface. Outlook, IMHO, is very simple and easy to navigate but just does not have the power features I like in Gmail. Hopefully the Gmail interface will be tweaked back to a more simple design in a later update.

    • recee

      Totally disagree. I only wish it would come back. Since seeing it briefly two days ago it’s been awol

  • raj

    Icon looks clear and crisp

  • Bone

    You know what I want and maybe you lads can HELP?

    To connect route calculation and calendar, so when I set up time and place to meet mums, Google offers to set the notification based on when I have to leave from my location, via bus or anything.

    Is there a way today to do something similar, via Google or any other app/service?

  • Luka Mlinar

    “dare I say — iOS7 feel” take that back! -_-

  • stuff

    I find this change supremely annoying. I want to have navigation to Calendar, Drive, and Groups right there at the top the way it was with the black toolbar. Now it’s an extra click and I can’t find Groups. Can anyone tell me where the Groups link went or the best way to get to it now?