Google Tests 'Sticky Search Bar, Infinite Scrolling' on SERPs and New Instant Preview UI

Google appears to be experimenting a new interface for its search results pages. The new interface seems to set the stage for a fluid design that removes pagination and replaces it with infinite scrolling. In fact, most the changes are already available in Google Image Search, which uses infinite scrolling."In this new experiment probably the […]

Google appears to be experimenting a new interface for its search results pages. The new interface seems to set the stage for a fluid design that removes pagination and replaces it with infinite scrolling. In fact, most the changes are already available in Google Image Search, which uses infinite scrolling.

"In this new experiment probably the most important change is that "navigation elements continue to be visible even when you scroll down." And, the navigation bar, the search box and the search options sidebar have a fixed position, which means that you no longer have to scroll to the top of the page to edit the query or switch to a specialized search engine," revealed Alon Laudon.

Laudon also spotted a new UI (user interface) for Instant Preview. Here's what he said,

"Page preview is a little different - the button appears to the side of the result text preview instead of to the side of the result webpage name. The site also doesn't pop up the preview when you simply click something inside the text, you have to hover over the magnifying glass icon."

Laudon has recorded the changes in a video embedded below, watch the video to see them in action below. Per video description:

The search bar on the results page is stuck to the top of the page, all the way down. Also, page preview is a little different - the button appears to the side of the result text preview instead of to the side of the result webpage name. The site also doesn't pop up the preview when you simply click something inside the text, you have to hover over the magnifying glass icon.

[Thanks, Alan, Alex]