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Google has rejuvenated its mobile search page with the Material Design theme to bring it in line with its other apps and services.

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Check out Google's search page on your iOS or Android device and you'll spot a few changes. The search field now has rounded corners in contrast to the previous rectangular design. Swipe down the screen and you'll find that the More results icon has the same pill-shaped layout. But you may also notice that the search field disappears as you swipe down, which means you have to return to the top of the screen to kick off a new search.

Further, the mobile search page displays a hamburger icon on the left from which you can view and access a collection of favorite pages as well as your search settings and activity.

Google has been busy revamping its mobile apps and websites with its Material Design theme. The goal behind the theme is to give objects a real-world look through the use of depth and shadows and other bold strokes. By rolling out the theme universally, Google also is bringing a similar aesthetic across the board. Such apps as Gmail, Chrome, Contacts and Calendar have already been flavored with Material Design elements to make them feel like part of the same family.

Beyond the overall look, Material Design brings quicker access to key content and features. Delve behind the hamburger icon. From the sidebar menu, you can create and view collections, a series of favorite websites that you've bookmarked. You can also access and manage your search settings and history. And you can check out your search activity to control what information Google is collecting about your Web searches.

The Material Design theme is still rolling out to Google's mobile search page, so you may not see it just yet.

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Takeaways

  1. Google has revamped its mobile search page with its Material Design theme.
  2. Material Design brings a bolder, real-world appearance to Google apps and websites and ties them together with a similar aesthetic.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."