A few months ago, Google began testing a new Search Map Results interface, removing the header color, using a new Follow button with the Discover logo, and other tabs for accessing relevant information about the topic are displayed. This interface seems to be expanding now and includes redesigns for almost all search result maps and much additional information.
The cards have a new gradient pasture header, colored tab titles, slightly different fonts instead of a bold one, and the tab selection indicator is a narrower but thicker line. In addition, the Follow button has been moved from left to right.
These are the most obvious differences you'll notice as you move through all the cards, but there are even more features that need to be unpacked. By and large, Google seems to be using all the details it has gathered from trusted sources, and is using it to augment its Knowledge Graph maps with more relevant information for each type of map. Access to most of this information is made easy by the addition of tabs so you do not have to scroll and scroll to a carousel of related videos or similar searches, but with a tap.
Weather: More Fun
Starting with the search phrase most people probably use, "weather," Google has reshaped the resulting map by adding a UI similar to the one on the full-screen weather page. The lifeless background and symbols have disappeared, replaced by characters and cartoons. The current conditions are a bit smaller, but the temperature and precipitation probabilities are more visible at a glance. Thank you, @D_slawotsky Gurkanwal Singh!
Left: Old . Center and right: New .
Sport: Better Statistics
League and team cards do not seem to be different, but athletes do. There are many new tabs for news, videos, and similar searches that were all accessible, but only when you scroll down. The main improvement is the extensive player statistics. Basketball gives you the last 10 games of the player and the annual career statistics. In football (see: Football) you will see two sub-tabs for club and national team, with statistics broken down by season and competition. Other sports have also received improved ratings for their players.
Left: Old card for athletes . Middle & Right: New with extensive statistics .
Entertainment: More Information
Movies, TV, Games: Better Discovery
The maps have changed for both movies and TV shows. As we described in detail in our previous article, with special tabs to get you up to speed Get reviews, news, trailers and clips. The movie showtime carousel has also been reworked, as reported in 9to5Google with the new pastel heads being the most prominent difference.
Left: Old Movie Showtime Cards (Credit) . Middle & Right: New .
The more important addition, however, is in the search for persons also after . Previously, a small carousel was displayed at the bottom of the search result map and all possible recommendations were mixed together. The similar searches are now thematically grouped in sub tabs.
Searches related to Avengers include, for example, films by Captain America, films based on stories by Stan Lee, and superhero films. If you're looking for strange things, you can watch other TV shows or just those from Netflix. If you are looking for Assassin's Creed games, you will get similar results in the AC franchise or in other role-playing games.
New subcategories for related searches in Movies (left), TV Series (center), and games (right) New search card adds some useful tabs. There is a link through which you can purchase the book from various online retailers, and another with large maps for any other book written by the same author, including the publication date and a small summary.
Left: Result of an old book. Middle & Right: New "Get Book" and "more from author".
Music: Band Members
Except for the new card design look, there are no big changes for music artists. The only notable difference is adding a member tab for tapes with large thumbnails of each person. Instead of just seeing the names, you can now better understand who's in the band.
Left: Old b and search card. Middle & Right: New with Band Members tab .
It is also worth mentioning that song cards now have their own tab for texts. The words are still under the main scorecard, but there is also a separate tab. Redundancy
Left: Old Song Search Card. Right: New with Standalone Text tab.
Fictional characters: Played by, films, relevant Details
The new card has been enhanced with fictional characters. Most prominent is the Played by tab, which shows all the actors who have taken over this role in movies and television programs. But there is also a tab for the movies and series in which the character appeared.
On the main map for details you will also see some relevant details. Here are some examples:
- Winnie the Pooh: Personality Traits and Homeland
- Aragorn: Species, Organizations, and Weapons
- Wonder Woman: Place of origin, first appearance in the comics, significant others and their universe to
- Hercules: Birthplace and death, children.
Left: Result of old fictitious maps. Middle & Right: New map with more details and actors.
Authors: books, stories, poems (at last)
This is a bit ridiculous. The previous search engine for writers, writers, cartoonists, and poets used to have a tab for quotes and movies, but none for their actual published works. Now there is a separate tab for books, and depending on the type of writer, you may also see a tab for short stories or poems.
Left: Old Roman Search Card. Center: New tabs for books and stories. Right: tab Poems.
Artist: Art Periods
When searching for an artist, the new card has a new tab for the art period in which they fit. The information was previously available in the main map, but you now get large and pretty thumbnails. This should simplify the conditions for those who can not distinguish their expressionism from their surrealism.
Left: Result of old artists. Middle & R Night: New map with dedicated tab "Periods".
Celebrities: Quotes, Books, Movies
The celebrities who do not fit into the previously discussed categories have also received a revision of their search card. The biggest change is adding tabs for quotes, books they write (if applicable), and movies and videos in which they appeared.
New Celebrity Cards with Tabs for Quotes, Movies / Videos, Books, News and
It's funny to mention that the results for the same kind of celebrity are not the same everywhere. Take politicians, for example, and you'll see that Putin receives both news and quotes tabs, while Trump does not have quotes tabs and Merkel does not have news tabs. Make it what you want …
Tabs in the results of the politician search are not very consistent. No comment.
Food Ingredients: Top Recipes
If you look up ingredients like fruits and vegetables, animal products or dairy products, you'll find a new tab with recipes. It offers several meal ideas as well as filters to narrow down the suggestions. This can help to get an idea of how an obscure ingredient is used and how it can be mixed.
Links: Old search for food. Middle & Right: New map with tabs and filters for recipes
Other: Nothing really new
I spent some time searching other types of searches to trigger the new map look. but mostly came back with the older or the new design without any significant changes. Similar to the term "Android", the biggest difference seems to be the new header color and a tabbed layout for existing data: animal breeds, classification for plants, compositions for composers (Er), structures for architects, etc …
Links : Old search result map for Android. Correct: New.
For everything else, from plays to novel series, sporting events and teams, companies, illnesses and more, the result card has not changed at all. Sometimes you even get the bold header and the left-aligned episode button, indicating that these cards have not yet been redesigned.
Other search terms are still calling the older search cards.