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Apr
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Google is always trying new things, and one of those new things has been left where we can play with it. Yay! The LEGO redesign is an experimental sandbox for mobile search results. The overall look is a little different than the current one, but it's the animations in the results that set it apart. Check out the video below for a demo – left tab is LEGO and right is standard.

You can access it through this URL, but it's possible Google will block it soon (open it on mobile). Results that pull up a knowledge graph card have a really slick animation when you expand it. Images listed in the card can also be swiped. Opening images is awkward right now as they pop up behind the card (again, experimental). Moving between tabs has a nice, clean animation in LEGO as well.

Since this is clearly an experiment – there's debug data in image results and it always suggests you append "bacon" to your search terms. LEGO may never come to the official Google search, but it wouldn't make much sense in its current buggy form anyway. There are a few mentions of LEGO in the Chromium project data, so someone at Google is using it. Design study or glimpse of the future, you should check this out before Google hides it.

[Google LEGO – Thanks, +Florian Kiersch]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Oh the irony of getting an advert for Google on the video

  • Deeco

    Hopefully a feature in the upcoming Android?

    • Adam Truelove

      Um what? This is a demo of a possible website redesign. What does this specifically have to do with Android?

      • Nathan Borup

        um what? this was done on an android phone using chrome

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        Unless the card / animation styles are being ported to Android.

      • Bojan Tomic

        It's Google. Google owns Android.

        • Adam Truelove

          Google does a lot of stuff that have nothing to do with Android.

          • SSDROiD

            EDIT: Nothing to see here, move along.

  • Aniket Vasishth

    Blocked already! :P

    • Sruly J

      I got 2 searches in and then they blocked it lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's not blocked, it's likely overpowered by traffic. Sandboxes are usually not set up to handle lots of traffic.

    • LeDerp

      Well of course it would get blocked its LEGOS! Dummmyyy

      • supremekizzle

        [URL=http://fuuu.us/196][IMG]http://fuuu.us/196.png[/IMG][/URL]

        • Freddy Born

          wow! you are smart!

    • Marcin

      Probably because it was ilLEGOl

  • M1lkm4n

    Anyone else confused about the "Obama Lisa"?

    • Badouken

      "I want the Mona Lisa" http://youtu.be/U-QlMdZBEf0

      • oneyedmonkey

        So awesome that you posted that video!

        • Badouken

          Heck yes! One of the best lines from venture Bros!

  • heat361

    Dat Mona Lisa-Obama picture 😨!

  • Randy S

    LEGO, eh? That starts with an 'L'.

    Could it be that KitKat was the last version named after a dessert and LEGO is the first in a number of toy-based names and second with a licensed name for co-marketing opportunities?

    A giant LEGO Android would look pretty awesome among the other statues on their lawn.

    • Luke Applegate

      Android LEGO running on a phone you assemble yourself!

      • Guest

        Project Ara is kinda LEGO like only.

      • JonBurm

        MIND BLOWN.

      • Christopher Bement

        So....Half-Life 3 confirmed!

        • pam852

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          Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab by working part time off of a macbook air. try this
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      • Luqmaan Mathee

        If you tramp on that phone your foot gets destroyed by Lego!

      • Freak4Dell

        Yup, that would be a great name to be paired with the first Ara device.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well, Project Ara is basically that, so...

    • John

      LEGO is not a dessert though.

      • Badouken

        Wait it isn't.... Whoops... No wonder these things taste terrible... Ill be right back, gotta go to the hospital!

        • Mike Harris

          You're gonna shit a brick!

          • Gaurav Arora

            Or a skyscraper!

          • a

            It can be anything you want it to be.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Don't even start that rumor. This has nothing to do with Android.

      • NemaCystX

        Lol but this is ANDROID Police lol

        • Cesar

          *double facepalm*

      • Justin W

        Don't ruin the fun!

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      L is the 12th letter of the alphabet.
      Cell has 4 letters.
      Divide 12 by 4 and you have 3.
      Half Life 3 confirmed.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        cant argue with dat logic

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Ah, so that's why Google is making an updated to it's apps with all the colors and new colored action bars - to accommodate the variety of colors for the LEGO blocks

  • Anthony Restaino

    In case you're getting 500 errors, just reload the link a few times. Because it's in testing, they probably don't have many servers dedicated to it so it likely can't handle many requests.

    BTW, the animations are awesome.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This. At least for now. Error 502.

      Once you start seeing 503s or 40X, we'll know it's blocked.

  • Adam Truelove

    People, this has nothing to do with Android specifically. It is a mobile website redesign.

  • Gokh

    Mehh..

  • Alvin Brinson

    Why oh why does everyone insist that EVERYTHING must have animations? Animations SLOW THINGS DOWN... Just display content. Bam. Boom. On the screen. Done. If an animation is over in a few milliseconds to reduce flicker/draw artifacts, that's one thing. But these "smooth/slick" animations simply make things painfully slow.

    • NathanDrago

      Speed is nothing without control. Animation help keep your attention focused on the right spot, and are also pleasant to see.

    • NF

      It doesn't seem slower with the animations, but it looks better.

    • YRRQ

      Ask your fellow iOS die-hard fan friends and you'll see why.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    See...even Google knows everything is better with bacon. ;)

  • Garrett West

    Blocked pretty quickly.

  • supremekizzle

    Save images from search yet?

  • Pieter-Jan Voskamp

    Bacon.

    • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

      Bacon bacon

  • CaptainHappy

    New animations on chrome search. Google working on chrome integration with android - Hera. Maybe they're seeing how much they can get out of html5 for their web apps.

  • Jooyoung Hong

    I really hope they don't go with the circle battery icon in 4.4.3.....

    Edit: nvm. i thought this was an official video from google.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What does that have to do with anything? It's Ryan's ROM, probably CM.

      • RyanWhitwam

        It's just an Xposed module.

      • Jooyoung Hong

        see my edit above.

  • Marc

    Were gonna see all the boring updates first, be honest guys.
    What I mean by boring, is not that interesting really...

    Google want to deliver the same service across all platforms, the Mobile/Tablet market requires a bit more thinking compared to updating a bigger device. The trick is to get Mobile browsing more comfortable and make better use out of bigger devices.

    The next bit of information we hear about a Chrome OS Tablet, a bigger Nexus, a Watch, a Chromebase will be much more important to see what Google have in mind.:)

  • whispy_snippet

    Polish. Gorgeous. I love it!

  • Xman845

    The link is 502'd :(

  • http://udemy.com/python-gui-programming Bo

    Now if only Chrome was as smooth...

  • AbbyZFresh

    Typical Google, always trying to change something that's not broken. The current design in the search results work just fine for me. What's more to improve.

  • Milind Shah

    That Obama and Mona Lisa photoshop xD

  • juno

    I think it's called Lego because it uses a kind of Javascript "masonery" (as in 'bricks') style loading and animation.

  • Andrew Roth

    Already blocked.

  • Mike

    Wow this looks beautiful. I really hope this becomes a reality in Android one day