Google begin rollint out a new search results user interface to Google.com users in the U.S. -- and will get it to users in other languages and regions "soon."
The design refresh offer a new simpler, cleaner interface on the search results page on desktop-- and "replaces the left sidebar with a much simpler horizontal bar placed below the search box." Google last year launched the similar UI for tablets and last month for smartphones.
Google says, the new interface is part of their effort to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes people use today.
With the new design, there's a bit more breathing room, and more focus on the answers you're looking for, whether from web results or from a feature like the Knowledge Graph:
"The same advanced tools you're used to are still there when you need them. Just click on "Search tools" to filter or drill down on your results. You need to click "search tools" and pick the right option," informs Google.
Google used to display some relevant search tools and the old interface made it easier to find recent results. Now you need 3 clicks to find results from the past 24 hours instead of only one click (sometimes two clicks). Another issue is that it's much easier to accidentally click the ads when you're using the search tools.