As found by 9to5Google, Google’s ‘new’ search bar on desktop comes with two changes that are not in terms of search but more on the cosmetic side of things. The search bar is now a ‘pill-shaped’ one instead of a more angular one we see for now. It has a flat look with light outlines and without any shadows. The rounded search bar is seen even with the search drop down (or knowledge graph).
Also spotted is that the revamped search bar will stay on top of the screen even if you scroll down through the results. This includes the Google logo, the pill-shaped search bar and the account avatar. This aims to cut down on the users’ time he/she takes to scroll up and search for other content again.
This design, however, is still not finalised by Google as the rounded design is not consistent with other elements such as the sign-in box, news article box, tweets and Settings option.
It is worth adding that a similar search bar was being tested on Android back in March and was later rolled out to devices.
What’s worth mentioning is that Google is also planning to bring a minor change to its search bar in Pixel smartphones. As found by XDA Developers website recently, the ‘new’ search bar changes the icon of the Google Assistant. The firm is expected to bring this change as and when it plans to launch the rumoured Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones later this year.