I’d been hearing for several days that Google was rolling out new and improved search pages for the iPad and tablet devices. Last night the changes hit my iPad, and I’ve been messing around with them a fair bit since then. I think the changes are great, and the search pages look miles better on the iPad.
The new search results pages have been simplified and the size of elements on the pages (text, buttons etc.) has been increased. The result is that the pages look much, much cleaner and easier to work with.
New search pages look equally good in portrait and landscape …
Google has also added an additional search button below the search box – where you can tap to narrow your results to certain types – images, videos, places, blogs, and more.
Once you choose one of the specific search types and see new results you’ll also see a new set of buttons below the search bar, offering clever filters for the type of results you’re looking at. For example, with blogs you’ll see a Posts button which will let you see results for home pages or posts. For images results there are buttons for safe search levels, size, color, and type.
With general results there are also two new buttons to help you filter and find exactly what you’re after. The ‘Any time’ button gives you links for Past hour, Past 24 hours, Past week, Past month, Archives, and Custom range. The second button lets you toggle between sorting by relevance (the default) or by date.
So far I haven’t seen anything I don’t like about the new search pages. They are wonderfully clean feeling, and easy to get around quickly. The new buttons and filters make it much easier to get more precise results.
It’s always great to see design that is strong on both appearance and functionality – and these new search pages do just that.
Have you seen these new Google search pages on your iPad yet? If so, what do you think of them?