Google Gives Itself a Makeover

Old G / New G

So if you haven’t noticed, Google has given itself a fairly significant makeover. Depending on which Google product you’re using, the change can be as trivial as losing the serifs on the font, or as drastic as messing up the home screen on your Android device.

Yes, it’s purely cosmetic, but the new design extends from Google’s home page to the icons on their mobile apps (still rolling out), to the persistent search bar on the Google Now Launcher. It’s that last one that I have a problem with; see if you agree.

First, a bit of design history, straight from the source:

Hey, if Google wants to change things up on their free-to-use products, that’s entirely their business. Where things get problematic—for me, anyway—is when you put that new logo front and centre on an Android home screen, like so:

Google Launcher Search Bar

Artem Russakovskii of Android Police posted this on Google+ yesterday, with the following caption:

#nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Have to say, I’m inclined to agree. I’m not really interested in having my rooted Nexus 6 looking quite so “whimsical”, thanks very much.

Fortunately, this is Android we’re dealing with, where such things can be easily remedied by using a custom launcher:

Nova Launcher Honeycomb Search Bar

I’m using Nova, currently with a Honeycomb-style persistent search bar. Yup, that’s right, Honeycomb

What do you think of the new Google design?

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