Google has optimized its search experience to better serve iPad and Android Honeycomb 3.1+ tablet users. The experience is about to get significantly nicer. Google has announced that it’s rolling out a new, touch-friendly version of Google search and the rollout should be complete “over the course of the next few days.”
Slate-friendly improvements are not available for Blackberry Playbook owners at this time, the search giant announced.
The redesign is minimal, but the focus is clearly on making content more accessible for touch-based users. Search results on tablets will now have a simpler layout. Certain elements, including text and buttons, will be larger and easier to interact with.
The biggest is the change in navigation. Gone is nav bar at the left hand side of the screen (which has pretty dense menus, and is thus prone to accidental taps). It’s been replaced with a series of tap-friendly menus at the top of the page that let you jump between standard results, video, images, and other options. An adjacent menu will let you narrow the date range of results as well.
To access to the new look, just access Google.com in your web browser.
Here’s a look at the new Google Search pages on tablets.