Google Plays & Experiments with Collapsible Search Sidebar
Google Play, the new combined online Google store for music, books, and Android apps, is now being featured prominently in the top Google bar, highlighted with a "NEW" superscript. Clicking the Play link does not transfer a search that you have already done in Google (which is what happens with Images, Maps, and YouTube) but just opens the main Play page for buying something from Google. Sorry Google, but this is not a search-related enhancement. How about adding Scholar to the bar or at least the drop down list under More?
Meanwhile, Google OS shares a report and video of a royally stupid Google User Interface experiment: a collapsible search sidebar, further excluding the links to databases and search tools when Google already only shows some of the options. If I remember correctly, Google tried this experiment a few years ago when the sidebar was new. It stunk then and stinks now. If you want users to have these options, make them viewable! Better yet, give us the option in search settings to always have both the databases at the top and the search tools at the bottom fully expanded.
Remember when Google use to make improvements to search?