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April 16, 2013

Google is Testing Out a New App Launcher Button

Google are constantly working on ways to improve our experience of their apps. This never ending cycle of improvement never ever stops, so it should come as no surprise that this time it’s the turn of the navigation bar you see on the homepage.

It looks like Google are looking at removing the navigation bar according to the Unofficial news and tips about Google, in favour of something much more elegant. Apparently Google 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, similar to the App Drawer button, next to the Sign in button,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.
Please note that the experiment is only available at and only for the English interface. A quick way to switch to the English/US interface is to visit
Here’s how you can try this UI if you use Chrome.

  • install “Edit This Cookie” extension
  • open in a new tab
  • click the “Edit This Cookie” button from the Chrome bar
  • find the “NID” item and select it
  • replace the “value” text with the NID cookie value (see below) and click “Submit cookie changes”
  • refresh Google’s homepage

For Firefox or Opera, visit the link below

via: googlesystem

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini