New Google UI

When searching on Google today I noticed a new UI for the results page – lots more whitespace, no-underline links and softer colours including grey sites links in place of green. Apparently it’s common for Google to “test” changes on a set of users – no doubt a small percentage but large number of users given their customer base – and it would appear I’m included.

Here’s what the new and old results pages look like for me on Google.co.nz and Google.com respectively (Firefox 4 on Windows 7 while logged into my Google Account),

New UI:

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Old UI:

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Personally I like it, mainly because I’ve been running a very similar colour scheme here on my blog and on my personal site (noble.gen.nz) for some time now. In fact, I think Google just copied my scheme! Ah well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?!