New Google Search Pages on iPad Look Great

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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?

Patrick Jordan

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9 thoughts on “New Google Search Pages on iPad Look Great”

  1. I hate them, they are dumb down. I dont need dumb down search on my ipad, I need full blow like on my desktop. My ipad 2 A5 chip is more than capable of showing a full desktop experience.

  2. I totally agree.
    I wanted an iPad so I could have a full experience and now google think they know better than me, ok, give people choices but don’t force them, it’s so arrogant!
    I won’t use google on any machine until they allow us to choose!

  3. 1st time ever I switched from Google to Bing as my default search engine.

    Because I can’t resize anything on the Google search page. To make sure it wasn’t something wrong with my iPad I tried every other page I usually go to and they all work normally, that is I can expand or contract every page……but not the Google page.

    Annoying, so I now use Bing and it works as Google used to.

    Bad move, Google

    1. Same here. Tried Yahoo first but it kept changing the spelling of the things I was typing and could not stop it. Now onto bing.

      I cannot understand what is going through google’s head. I was constantly trying to resize the search results page only to find it no longer works. Dummies I guess.

    2. At the bottom of the search page you can select “tablet or classic” views. Classic allows me to resize.

  4. Hate it, am busy looking for another search engine to use. Google should have left well alone or at least given a choice to default.

  5. I like how easy it is to narrow down the results time frame. No dumbing down here, I get better faster results. Haven’t noticed any resizing issues on the iPad. Why resize the Google search page? I don’t understand.

  6. This new google for iPad SUCKS! Why mess up a good thing? Well guess i won’t use google any more. Goodbye google hello bing

  7. This reminds me of Coke A Cola changing thier formula and then calling it “new coke”. They must haved hired those same marketing Geniuses. I guess I will use goggle to find a new search engine .

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