Over the past few weeks, Google Search has been testing some interface changes on the mobile web. While that particular change is not yet live for most users, Google is now rolling out a navigation drawer for its mobile site and a new centralized “Saved” page.

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As a result of this new feature, the mobile Search experience looks quite similar to the Google app with a hamburger icon now located in the top-left corner of every page.

At the moment, it features a home icon to quickly return to the homepage and a Saved button. The latter takes users to a new view that shows your saved items from across Google services and products. This list includes pictures from Google Images, places from Maps, travel itineraries, and web pages.

Also in the main navigation drawer is a shortcut to Settings and Help. The quick access to settings is more convenient than having to scroll down to the bottom page.

While the “Save” feature in Image Search was introduced back in 2015, it’s unclear how to save web pages at this time. The overflow menu in top-right corner only takes users to the support page for the feature in Google Images. Saves from Google Maps includes the Favorite places, Want to go, and Starred Places list.

Overall, this unified Save feature is quite convenient and hopefully coming soon to the Google app for Android and iOS. Meanwhile, the hamburger menu and navigation drawer helps unify the web and mobile app interface. This new design appears to be widely rolling out.

Thanks Dylan!


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