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Firstly:

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Enter my email address, then hit enter takes me to:

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Feels like it's unnecessarily staggered, but maybe I'm missing something? This is a relatively new occurrence as well

  • microsoft do the same thing now if you try to go to the one drive website and log in there as well – Chris Jul 28 '15 at 15:19
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Google explained why they are doing this:

we're working towards introducing new authentication solutions that complement traditional passwords

And later down in the blog:

This new Google account sign-in flow will provide the following advantages:

  • Preparation for future authentication solutions that complement passwords
  • Reduced confusion among people who have multiple Google accounts
  • A better experience for SAML SSO users, such as university students or corporate users that sign in with a different identity provider than Google

It's hard to say what the "future authentication solutions" will be, but I think this is geared towards devices that have face recognition and/or fingerprint scanners.

There are some beneficial effects for the user, mainly the one in bold above. I use multiple Gmail accounts and I think this new layout simplifies logging in. The first page is an overall account manager with the ability to select an account, or add/delete an account.

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Separating the password onto its own page avoids any confusion about which account you're singing into because it shows your picture (if on a familiar device) and email. Trying to cram all that functionality into one page could probably be done but separating seems cleaner.

Edit: I didn't realize this when posting, but this might be a duplicate. See more thoughts here.

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  • I guess I'm not sure still how this benefits the user but, as you say, if it's part of a broader move towards different authentication options then perhaps this is just a small change towards a new over all journey...but at the moment it just feels looking and pointless. I've upvoted for now.. could you maybe expand with anything relating to how this two-stage log in will benefit users? – Chris Jul 28 '15 at 15:53
  • I reworded it a little bit, didn't have too much to add but tried to make it clearer. Also added a link to a similar question I hadn't noticed before. – Sentient Jul 28 '15 at 17:04

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