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Google is Testing Out a New App Launcher Button

by Brandon Russell | April 15, 2013April 15, 2013 2:55 pm PST

Google experimental app launcher

Google apparently wants to ax that black navigation bar you see on the homepage, for good, to instead replace it with something much more elegant. Similar to what we saw over a year ago, the company is testing a new replacement that’s similar in execution to the Chrome app launcher.

As you can see in the photo above, the new implementation requires users to simply click on the grid icon, which will then pop up a menu of Google’s services. Services such as Google+, Search, Images, Maps, Gmail and more are right there when you need them, and gone when you don’t. Right now, the new UI is available through Google’s search properties—Gmail, Drive, Maps and the company’s homepage.

The traditional black navigation bar is certainly functional, but it’s not exactly the most beautiful out there. Google has put a lot of stock in minimal designs, particularly on mobile, and seemingly wants to bring that focus over to the desktop. There are detailed instructions at the source link if you want to try the new interface out.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...