The start page of the Google search engine is overgrown
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The start page of the Google search engine is overgrown with widgets

Google search engine homepage has always been known for its minimalist design without clutter. However, this may change soon. Google is currently testing widgets that can be placed at the bottom of the main page of the desktop version of the search engine.

Image source: 9to5Google

Image source: 9to5Google

9to5Google, which has already tested the new feature, reports that a toggle to hide content appears in the lower-right corner of Google’s homepage. The lower left corner displays the user’s location and a notification that the information offered is based on the user’s previous activity on the web.

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When the widgets feature is active and the browser window is maximized to full screen, the user is presented with six map widgets that expand when the mouse hovers over them. Users are offered the following six widgets:

  • Weather;
  • Trending (suggests the most popular search query);
  • What to see (offers movies and TV shows);
  • stocks/markets;
  • local events;
  • Covid19 news.
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Note that widgets are not currently available for all Google accounts. The company is likely testing a new feature and gathering feedback on it before deciding to roll it out in full.

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