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Google apparently testing Material Design homepage tweaks

Google apparently testing Material Design homepage tweaks

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Google Testing Another Design Tweak For Mobile Results Page - This Time, It's Four Colored Dots

Google Testing Another Design Tweak For Mobile Results Page - This Time, It's Four Colored Dots

Google has been testing lots of tweaks for its mobile search engine results page lately. We've seen colored underlines on results cards and a rather pleasing new layout for the search bar and associated tools, and now a few users are reporting something a little strange - colored dots. We've received multiple reports of search result cards with four dots (colored with Google's signature blue, green, yellow, and red) in the lower right corner.

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The colored dots, if you're wondering, didn't seem to do anything when tapped for our original tipsters, but reader Ali notes below that the dots do seem to work just like tapping on the card's URL.

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Google Appears To Be Testing New Design Tweaks For Its Mobile Web Results Page

Google Appears To Be Testing New Design Tweaks For Its Mobile Web Results Page

It seems like just yesterday when Google was testing a new layout for the search engine results page, with colorful underlines separating search results into individual cards.

That layout ended up sticking, and now it seems Google is at it again, testing some rather pleasing new tweaks for the SERP.

We can't be sure just yet who will see these changes or whether they'll become permanent, but check out the before and after shots provided by a tipster below.

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left: current layout right: new layout

The new layout is undeniably more influenced by Google's material design. The only information missing in the new view is one search result and one line of text indicating that a user has visited a results page before (but that may be because the new layout appeared for our tipster only in incognito mode).

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Google Apparently Testing Tweaks For Maps Web Interface

Google Apparently Testing Tweaks For Maps Web Interface

YouTube isn't the only Google web property getting some A/B testing right now. Apparently Maps is under the microscope as well, with Google testing a new nav drawer menu and refreshed biking and traffic elements.

The nav drawer icon, as you might expect, is embedded in the search bar, a pattern introduced with the new nav drawer icon and material design.

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There's also a "road sign" navigation icon embedded in the same bar.

As mentioned, biking and traffic legends have been refreshed in the new design, too. The information panels have been broken out of the search interface, centered at the bottom of the UI.

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Google Seems To Be Testing Some UI Tweaks For Google+ On Android

Google Seems To Be Testing Some UI Tweaks For Google+ On Android

From time to time, Google engages in A/B testing with its live products. Flipping switches from somewhere deep in its Mountain View HQ, Google will turn on new design tweaks or feature changes for small groups of users, and measure their impact on engagement. This is generally a helpful process for validating design decisions, and occasionally we catch them in the act and get a peek at what might be around the corner.

Today, reports started popping up that Google might be testing some UI tweaks with its Google+ app for Android. Before you get excited, these tweaks don't include a hamburger menu.

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Google is testing a likes counter for stories in Discover feeds

Google is testing a likes counter for stories in Discover feeds

Google continues to tinker with how it lets users tailor the stories they see on their Discover feed: first, it was a "slider" button; then came an actual binary "slider" indicating whether someone wanted to see more or less of that type of story; nowadays, it's become the ubiquitous "like" heart icon. The next natural step? Putting a number next to it.

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Every new Android 11 feature: The in-depth changelog for Google's latest OS

Every new Android 11 feature: The in-depth changelog for Google's latest OS

Android 11 has been out for a while now, and though things might look pretty similar coming from Android 10, there are plenty of changes inside, from revamped privacy and security to partitioning "conversations" into their own new notification category. Now that you've had some time to play with this latest version and you've read our review, here's the Android Police changelog for Android 11.

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The new Google Pay app is rolling out now in the US (APK Download)

The new Google Pay app is rolling out now in the US (APK Download)

Google has flipped the switch on its new Google Pay app and site slightly ahead of schedule. Though a formal release is still scheduled for just a bit in the day, the Play Store listing for the new app has expanded to the US, and you can download it now.

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Google Play Music vs. YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

Google Play Music vs. YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

Google Play Music is on the way out and has already become inaccessible for many. A lot of people have probably long taken advantage of the migration tool and have started using YouTube Music. But there are still some key differences between the two services, and if you haven't made the switch, there are a few things to watch out for. In this article, we're going to dive into the key differences between the two services, large and small, and why they matter.

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Google Discover starts rolling out heart button for adjusting feed preferences

Google Discover starts rolling out heart button for adjusting feed preferences

A new heart icon has been spotted in Google Discover (née Feed), replacing the previous button that triggered the familiar more/less slider for tuning its content to better match your tastes. This isn't just a visual change in iconography, either, as tapping the new heart button doesn't open any menu, apparently and simply indicating to Google that you liked a given piece of content. So far, the change seems to be in limited testing.

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