Google is going flat on its search page. The new logo is flat, the navigation is minimalistic and floats on the top right of the screen. The drop down menu for the apps does not carry any scrollbar and appears only when attempted to scroll the list. Its reminiscent of the mobile platform experience and now its gone cross platform.
I seem to have got the update but others are yet to receive it. It seems Google is rolling out the new design in stages. Earlier, I thought this was being A/B tested. Perhaps it is but now an article in BBC confirms the design streamline strategy that Google intends to roll-out across all its products for a more unified experience.
— hemant nagwekar (@hemantnagwekar) September 20, 2013