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No longer painted black

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Google is scrapping its short-lived black search navigation bar in favour of a new design that falls into line with the company's increasingly uniformed social network platform brand.

It's no longer satisfactory enough for Google to let visitors to its search engine simply pull up results based on queries those individuals type into the site. The company's Google+ product dictates that everyone should get in on the sharing game, too.

"We’re now ready for the next stage of our redesign – a new Google bar that will enable you to navigate quickly between our services, as well as share the right stuff with the right people easily on Google+," the firm said.

Google CEO Larry Page has been on a mission to simplify the company's brand and ditch products that were making Chocolate Factory wonks become, well, a bit flabby.

So the horizontal black bar at the top of Google's landing page is going away, after a temporary position in the Mountain View spotlight.

Instead of that bar, users "will now find links to... services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo," the company.

"We’ll show you a list of links and you can access additional services by hovering over the 'More' link at the bottom of the list. Click on what you want, and you’re off."

As of today, however, the black navigation bar is still in plain sight. Perhaps Page will hope that the removal of that bar will signal that Google's mourning period, following the death of so many of its products, is over. ®

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