Last month, Google Search renewed on Android, iOS and mobile with a focus on making the results easier to read. A similar look has long been under development for the desktop network, with users able to preview it on COVID-19 queries. Google’s desktop redesign is now also available for music-related searches.
The main component of this redesign is a left navigation drawer. The name of the knowledge panel you see is listed at the top with a description of the nature of the query. For albums, cover art is displayed. Below are subtitle categories that load new keywords: Overview, Listen, Videos, and Listen. The share button has also been moved here.
Elsewhere, Google still relies on two main columns of information. To the right of the web results is a prominent “Listen”
The subfield sidebar, which is not the theme of a color in this version, is the biggest change and is meant to help users better navigate through dense pages full of information. Some songs have different things, for example: “Other recordings” and “Analysis”. Google’s intention is to save users from having to enter a new search manually.
Starting tonight, the Google Search redesign for music is rolling out more than ever. It has been A / B-tested for quite some time now, but this may signal a broader launch for conditions beyond coronavirus in April last year. However, searching for other types of media, people, places and news still returns the old design.
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