During the past year, the Material Theme rolled out in bits and pieces for Google Search on the web. Google.com is currently testing A / B for a visually notable homepage revamp that also separates and demonstrates voice search.
Google’s new design language first appeared in November 2018 on the web search engine. This started with different tweaked elements on the results page and a docked search bar as you scroll.
A similar look came to the March homepage with the search field changing to a pill-shaped bar from a box with partially rounded corners. At the time, buttons were slightly tweaked for “Google Search” and “I’m Feeling Lucky,” but remained the same for the most part.
Today an A / B test sees those buttons changing and introducing stylings for Material Theme. “Google Search” looks more modern because it doesn’t have a background color anymore and only uses a gray outline and blue text. Turn over and press the blue button for a moment. “I’m Feeling Lucky,” meanwhile, is losing all the contours.
Another test on Google Search Material Theme uses a very blue and bold “Google Search” button. For me, this iteration is not widely rolling and is suddenly gone.
With the multi-colored microphone icon no longer a search field component, the bigger change is just above. Alternatively, the button in its own ring is off to the right. This look applies to the results page of the search. The actual experience of “search by voice” is unchanged from before.
This A / B review for Google Search Material Theme is live on a handful of computers we tested tonight, but not all of them.