Google Is Testing A Full-fledged Card-Based Layout For Web Searches

The usage of Cards is one of the core aspects of Material Design by Google. The usage of cards allows you to separate things visually on applications, or a page. The company has now started to test a new User Interface for Google Search on the desktop web. The new UI is entirely based on Material Design cards.

Google Search for the smartphone has already been using cards to segregate search results for users and also to organize things such as the knowledge graph as well as news stories. However, Google Search for desktop has been using cards in a limited way until now. On the desktop, Google Search only used cards for Google News and Knowledge Graph, while Google separates the rest of the page by blank space.

However, Google is testing a different User Interface for desktop web version in Search results. As spotted by In the latest User Interface (UI), Google has placed each Google Search result in a specific 9to5Google, Material Design card. Moreover, the latest UI shows that a shadow effect has also been added to prominent results.

If any website contains multiple search results, these cards will be grouped in the form of a combined card. These combined cards will be easier to understand as compared to the existing method in which Google only indents the extra search results.



It is interesting to note that Google has not altered other top featured tabs in Search results such as the News tab, Images tab, and the Shopping tab.

According to TheSEMPost, Google has also tested this design back in the year 2016. Currently, it seems that the new test is fairly limited, and we are not sure whether the company will roll out this change for public use or not.

Apart from Card-based results, interestingly, Google is also experimenting with old layout in the search result pages, during some of our searches, we found that Google is still featuring blue title first and green URL beneath it while description box at the third position. This is probably an A/B test attempt from the search giant and its engineers to analyse how users are reacting on different layouts and colors, so that they could finalize what design trends they should stick to.



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