Editor’s Note: Google.com looks like one of the most user-friendly pages on the Internet. It stood out in its Yahoo days as one of the simpler search engines, and now it stands out as one of the few sites that doesn’t clamor for your attention with news and messages. But wait.
Soon Google.com could change. According to 9to5Google, the company tested adding a row of cards to the bottom of the page. The screenshot above shows six cards. Staples like weather and news are on the sides, and in the middle are stock prices, links to shows and movies, and recommended websites. This is a catalog similar to the one you’ll find in the Google Discover app.
Even though it looks like a stream, it isn’t. There is no way to scroll and access more cards and if you minimize the browser window some cards disappear. Hovering over them (see below) pops them up and reveals more information.
Below the cards, on the left, is a small disclaimer: “According to your past activity”. On the right is a toggle to hide or reveal cards.
Reports say that only a small percentage of users can see the maps, so as usual, it looks like Google is doing some A/B experimenting and rolling out the feature to a small number of random users at the moment.