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Google Testing Search Bar With Refinements Mixed With Vertical Navigation

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Google Testing Search Bar With Refinements Mixed With Vertical Navigation

Google is testing mixing the search bar, where you normally see the vertical search options like videos, maps, images, shopping, news, etc – but also showing refinements for your searches. So in the example below, you can see Google videos, images as an option but also in the same bar, near me and in the world and others.

This was spotted by Saad AK on Twitter who shared a couple of examples and recorded them. I’ll embed those below, but let me zoom in on what is new here.

Here is the classic search bar on mobile:

Here is the new test:

Yes, this looks like the new search bar menu button interface but it is more, Google is mixing in search refinements with the main menu buttons to access vertical search features.

Here are the videos Saad shared:

This is neat but will searchers find this confusing? I guess Google has to test it to see?

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Testing Expandable Maps In Search & Tabs In Map Results

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Google Maps Testing Overlay Box For Local Listing

Google is testing an expandable map feature in Google Search for when you see the map load in mobile search. This is instead of when you click on the map and it takes you into Google Maps, here Google is just expanding the map screen larger and adds a link to go to Google Maps. Also, Google is testing tabs in the business profile via in Google Maps.

This expandable map test was spotted by Shameem Adhikarath on Twitter, here is a GIF of it in action:

You can see that after it expands, there are buttons to Open in Maps and Driving Directions.

Also, Punit spotted tabs again in the Google Business Profile listing in Google Maps. We saw this back in June, here is his tweet on this:

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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