New-look Google gets the blues

Google is experimenting with a bold new design on its search homepage.

Significant changes to the Google homepage are rarer than hen’s teeth, but the new look is about as radical as they come.

The Spartan design remains, but the subtle grey buttons beneath the search bar have been replaced with garish blue alternatives, presumably to draw greater attention to the “I’m Feeling Lucky” option.

New-look Google homepage

The blue look is retained on the search results page, which now sports a new sidebar, allowing you to search different parts of the Google empire, including Images, News and Video.

There’s also options to break down search results by time, restricting results to those published in the past hour, day etc.

New-look Google sidebar

The sidebar features themselves aren’t new – but they’ve been previously concealed under the Show Options button that appears discretely above the top search result.

Gizmodo has published instructions on how to access the new design. Note that this only works on Google.com, not Google.co.uk.

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