I thought my computer was infected with a virus when I opened Google homepage. Why? The new released version of Google homepage has a fade in feature. After entering the Google Homepage address and pressing enter the initial view of the site will look like the image on top. The Google homepage initially shows only the Google logo, search box and buttons. According to Google this would cause less distraction to users than previous designs. But it was the other way around, I got distracted and concerned because I thought a virus has caused the other text around the window to disappear. When you continue to drag your mouse around, then the other information fades in. Whew! I tried to research about the perceived problem and only realized that it is Google’s new feature when I read an article from v3.co.uk.
“For the vast majority of people who come to the Google homepage, they are coming in order to search, and this clean, minimalist approach gives them just what they are looking for first and foremost”, said Google Search vice president Marissa Mayer, software engineer Kris Hom and user experience designer Jon Wiley in a blog post. .
They also said that, “For those users who are interested in using a different application like Gmail, Google Image Search or our advertising programmes, the additional links on the homepage only reveal themselves when the user moves the mouse.”