Google is constantly tweaking things, adding things and, most notably this week, removing things -- yes, we are all still bitter about the Reader debacle. Many of these tweaks are much smaller and quite a few involve the navigation bar that spans the top of the screen on most Google properties. Many of those tests have involved minor changes such as the color of the bar and the services that are listed within it.
The latest experiment, however, goes a whole lot further. This time around, Google has simply removed that navigation bar -- gone completely, leaving a very empty looking screen.
The change is only seen when using the latest Dev version of the Chrome browser, known as Canary. The latest version is 27..0.1441.2. Alex Chitu over at the Google Operating System blog tested the theory by experimenting with this within a Mozilla Firefox browser.
"To confirm that the experiment is limited to Chrome 27, I opened Firefox, changed the user agent to "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.33 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/27.0.1441.2 Safari/537.33" using this extension and the navigation bar was gone".
I fired up the Canary build and checked across several Google properties, including the company's search page, Reader, Gmail and a couple of others. All were displayed without the now familiar black navigation bar.
The Canary build of Chrome is frequently used to test things, and just as quickly as those experiments appear, they sometimes disappear Remember the Chrome OS running with Windows thing a while back?
I can not imagine that Google has any real intention of doing away with its navigation bar in future stable releases of Chrome, or across other browsers. The company simply needs the option too much because of its ability to send customers to all of its many services, where they will see, and Google hopes, click on its ads, which is really the big source of income for the Mountain View-based company.
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