Google mobile website gets new look? Not available everywhere yet

by: Andrew GrushOctober 10, 2012

Google Mobile

It seems that Google has decided to change up the look of their homepage for mobile devices. The new design introduces a side bar that is now hidden on the left side. This replaces the older top bar design that has a few of Google’s services listed in the “more” section.

This isn’t exactly a revolutionary update, but it is more attractive and seems easier to use than the previous layout. The new bar doesn’t seem add any new web apps and Google services to mobile users, it is instead about improving the navigation experience. Less options on the top bar also makes the mobile site look much cleaner and helps enhance Google’s minimalistic approach to its homepage.

The new bar is not limited to just Android, and should work fine with all smartphones and tablets, even iOS devices. That being said, it doesn’t seem to be available everywhere at the moment. I planned on taking a look and getting a few screenshots but found it has yet to reach my part of the midwestern United States. I tested out the homepage with several different devices, and had no luck. If, and when, the new look will reach you remains a mystery. There doesn’t seem to be any official confirmation from Google about the change of design yet, or where it is being rolled out to.

Head over to Google’s home page on your favorite Android device. Any changes, or do you still have the older (and more boring) version instead?

  • Ali

    I’m from West Africa, The Gambia . I just checked it out on my Galaxy s2 and hurray! I can see the changes. Nice and smooth, i like it.

  • philnolan3d

    I try to avoid using mobile versions of websites whenever possible. Some of them are really stubborn though and even changing the user agent doesn’t show the real website.

  • CommanderWaffles

    Looks far better than the old IOS themed mobile site.

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  • saurabhaj

    This type of google website was showing when i used to log in by my email id 6 months back,
    but still they have not roll out that on every user,
    the screenshot thats on phone was similar when i used to login from my HP.

  • guyanaprince

    It doesn’t show up when I try it on Chrome for my Galaxy Nexus, still showing me the old tabbed version. However it works just fine with the stock browser. Anyone know why this is the case? I use Chrome as my standard browser and its disappointing that it doesn’t show the new homepage.