Google Search celebrated its 20th anniversary last September and the company set out plans for the future of the engine. Google also addressed “dynamic organization” for search outcomes in addition to introducing Discover to the web and making Lens available in Images. This function now makes its way through a subtopics sidebar to the desktop web.
Starting last year with mobile, Google started “dynamically organizing search outcomes that will help you determine more readily what data to explore next.”
These subtopics are provided under the Knowledge Graph panel as a carousel on the mobile. Each is fundamentally their own feed of associated outcomes and allows users to search without entering another query manually.
For the past several months, this has been live on Android and iOS, but now it feels like it’s coming to the desktop web. Today, one Reddit user found a left sidebar of the search that indicates the subject and type of request, as on mobile. In this case, it is respectively “Halo Infinite” and “video game.”
A list of 10 subtopics is mentioned below, with a Material Theme indicator highlighting your current. “Overview” is the first to place the Knowledge Panel card in the middle rather than off to the right hand. Other user interfaces remain the same with the top search field and the filters below.
This subtopic sidebar interface for Google Search is not yet extensively rolling and has not appeared on any of our test searches.