Google’s black top bar gets replaced as the redesign continues

Regular users of Google’s cloud-based services such as GMail, Calendar, Documents and of course Google Search itself may have noticed the black navigation strip across the top of the page is being phased out.

The links to these services can now be accessed by rolling over the main Google logo which reveals the pop-up list shown below:

The official Google blog states: “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 black strip across the top of the page where the temporary Welcome to the new way to navigate Google eventually disappears as well.

This change gives Google’s pages a cleaner look, it certainly is less harsh to have the solid black strip across the top of the page and does save a small amount of screen real estate.

What do you think about the new design? Do you like the cleaner style with all those links taken off the top of the screen, or are you not a fan of the new pop-up and preferred it how it was? Let us know.