The Google Black bar had it’s debut around the same time Google+ and a slew of Google product redesigns were taking place.
In only 6 months since the beginning of it’s implementation, the Google Black Bar is about to become a mere memory. The new Google Bar takes up less real estate on the page as most of it is entirely hidden under the Google logo.
Some of the initial products that launch on the main section of the new vertical Google Menu are:
- Your Google+ Profile
- With future flexibility under ‘More’ at the bottom.
The big question on most people’s mind is “Why would you abandon a major Googleverse-wide change after less than 6 months, what went so wrong?”
While it’s true that Google has invested in a major UI change that affected hundreds of millions of customers, it isn’t necessarily a major issue in Google’s eyes according to Google themselves.
Dylan Casey of the Google+ product team was recently interview on the Twit Network’s “This Week in Google” Podcast where he explained Google’s mantra is “We release often and early and interate quickly.” Essentially saying that it is simply in Google’s nature to innovate as quickly and often as they need to and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Black Bar failed. The focus is to bring the total Google experience together and create a seamless look across all Google products.
The New Google Bar will be rolling out to most people by the end of the year.
PC World has a great article here on how to get the menu now in Google Chrome.