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Google is a multinational company which evolved from a search engine.

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Why is Google using a (new) 2 step Gmail sign in process?

I am not asking about the two factor authentication process where the user needs to enter both a password and a one-time-password. Gmail recently (I don't know from when exactly) changed their login ...
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Why is Google's “I'm Feeling Lucky” button still next to the search bar?

I'm sure that Google must put a lot of thought into the display of its homepage. With such a minimalistic design, every element matters. So what's up with the "I'm feeling lucky" button? Why is ...
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Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?

I have just noticed that Google as well as some other sites trims the whitespaces in the password. I can successfully sign into my google account even if I add extra spaces in the end of my password. ...
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What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?

Apple and Google are going head-to-head to define meaning of the three-horizontal-bars icon: In iOS this icon means "drag me to rearrange items in a list" while Google Chrome's version means "click ...
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Calendar recurrences on the last day of the month

I noticed a difference in how Google Calendar and Outlook handle recurring appointments, specifically ones that are on the end of the month. If you try to schedule an appointment on the 31st of every ...
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Google UX flaw? switching placement of Videos and Images

Google offers the possibility to search for several different types of media/information: Web, Images, Video, Maps, etc. Lately I noticed that these choices for other types of information is being ...
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Purposefully obscure user interface design to encourage behaviours

Installing Windows 8 makes it seem that it is mandatory to create a Microsoft account, however the option to install without one is there, albeit wilfully buried. Logging out of the Windows Phone ...
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Click on Logo no longer brings user to the homepage of a website, good?

The latest Google webpage redesign brings us a feature ( or a bug?): Clicking on the logo no longer brings user to the homepage of the website. This behavior is consistent across different Google ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a google-...
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Why is the Google Search Results page not responsive? [closed]

As every web developer/designer, I read many articles about why responsive web design is important. We are also often told, that you can learn a lot by observing the UI (and optionally the code itself)...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of “minimal” design?

E.g. Google has minimal web design (just a search box). How do you define minimal design? How does this relate to minimalism in general? Is Facebook also minimalism at least from the beginning?
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In Google Maps, why did Google use back arrow icon instead of “X” close for search results list when its clearly a layer on top of the main interface?

I've been getting into Material design lately, and I really liked one of the material concepts, and thats to think of the UI in X,Y,Z axis. But noticed a discrepancy with what might be extremely ...
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Why don't people use the “I'm feeling lucky” button more often?

Have you ever seen or heard of someone using it? Back in the days when Google didn't automatically redirected you to the results page as you typed, I think not a lot of people used the "I'm Feeling ...
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Why does Google Drive use a dialog for renaming files? [closed]

In all modern file managers, when you rename a file, it allows you to rename the file on the label in the file manager like this: Windows, macOS, and Dropbox's web interface all have this behavior. ...
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Testing on Googles new reCAPTCHA

Has anybody run user tests on Google's new reCAPTCHA? My company is looking at using it and wants to run some tests before we implement. If you haven't tested it, do you know of any places where it'...
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The use of tabs in Gmail [closed]

I have never really used the labels in Gmail, and it was quite interesting to see the recent introduction of 'tabs' in Gmail. Even though the concept of folders has always been in the Outlook (which ...
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Why are different cursors used when hovering over buttons in Gmail?

In the Gmail interface they are not consistent in which cursor they use on button/link hover. They use the "hand" pointer for: Links in the sidebar(mail, contacts, inbox, starred etc..) The mails ...
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Does Google filter on auto suggestion to avoid causing offence?

I've discovered that Google removes auto suggestion for some phrases on their service. For example try googling: women should men should women are men are The auto suggestions will disappear after ...
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Is the following approach better for mobiles? Missing 'save' option in Google Keep

This is one of the example from Google's approach with almost all online products these days... In Keep, when you create/edit a note it is automatically saved(ofcourse) but you don't get any ...
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How to manage scrolling issues of a full-width embedded google map in a webpage?

We would like to have an embedded map in a webpage. This map will have 100% width of the browser window meaning that there will not be any real estate left for the user to have the mouse out of the ...
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Different styling for different tooltips on a single page?

I am working on a web application, and we are focusing very much on the consistency of the look&feel. When we are designing tooltip styles, we can see there is the 'plain style' tooltip and all ...
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Why Google hides important and useful features?

Background Here's an excerpt from fastcodesign interview with Bret Victor: QUESTION: An argument I'm going to make is that UIs should ideally be "deep" -- that is, simple, intuitive and error-...
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Font 'Roboto' mandatory in Google's material design?

Is using the font 'Roboto' mandatory in Google's material design – or can I use different fonts in a material design based website?
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What are the UX strengths and weaknesses of Google+? [closed]

Google Plus is a new product from Google that seems to be a Facebook-like social application. It also seems to supercede Google Buzz. It is sort of integrated into GMail. It offers a number of UX ...
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Why doesn't YouTube append the video title to the video URL?

How come YouTube doesn't append the video title to the video URL? I know they are owned by Google so good SEO isn't exactly necessary, but from a user experience stand point it makes much more sense. ...
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Why does Gmail hide email options under a '+' sign?

Why does Gmail website hide options like "links", "smileys" etc. under a '+' sign when there is clearly enough room along the footer? Am I missing something, or is google really pushing google+? ...
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What's the reason behind this Google Chrome feature? [closed]

Not that long ago I updated my Google Chrome browser to the 12.0.7 etc version and I notices a new feature. If you hover on the tabs, there is a slight glow around your cursor, something like this (...
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Is there any definition/guidelines about user experience of Apple and Google?

I like the both Apple and Google user experiences. But visually they are different. Though, I need to know their basic concepts/theory about user experience. So we will take their inspirations not ...
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Alternatives to pagination?

With Google Appengine, we can page to next page of a query using a cursor and with some effort we can also go to the previous page. But there is no good way to go to the n-th page, I believe for ...
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Why Gmail, Dropbox have started using bell for notification icon?

Recently, I've seen that Gmail and Dropbox have changed their notification icon and have started using bell. I would like to understand: Why bell? Is it becoming industry standard?
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Is it OK for scrolling interactions to not scroll content?

This is a general question about scrolling behavior with a trackpad or mouse. I've been discussing this with my peers, and it's become quite a debate. Our conversations are specifically about the ...
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Why does Google's main page have such a modest design? [closed]

A lot of modern-ish websites have slick effects: transitions, animations, filters, etc. But on Google, the main page doesn't have a single animated transition. No input, button, or link state change ...
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Why are the Google Translate dropdown options all in English? [closed]

In the Google Translate dropdown on my site, all of the language options are displayed in English. So let's say someone who only speaks Arabic gets to my site and wants to choose his language.. how is ...
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Why Google search form is not using auto-focus attribute?

I was doing some testing for a project where I wanted to ensure that the user still could reach certain functionality even with JS disabled. I wanted to quickly find something by going to Google and I ...
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Lack of ability to delete goals in Google Analytics - is this poor UX?

If you set up goals in Google Analytics there is no method to delete them, although you can deactivate them (i.e. switch them off) instead. This is documented on various sites such as http://www....
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Chrome App install banner - Dismissed user install

In Chrome 43 Google added the feature to show an app installer popup out of Chrome and to get the feedback if the user added or dismissed the home install. https://developers.google.com/web/updates/...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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Embedded Google Maps or static stylized map

Embedding Google Maps on your website doesn't always have the right effect on the design. With some effort you can stylize Google Maps, but I have bad experiences with that. To me, the only real ...
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Google Maps Link Name

We have an application that provides an address to a commercial property. There's a use case in which users will need to view the property in google maps. I was wondering if there's a standard link ...
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Including URL in search results

Google (and other search providers) include the page title, URL and some description in search results. For search within a large organisation, where all results are from the same domain, is there any ...
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How to clarify ambiguity of the left arrow in google search autosuggestions?

Until recently I found the arrow next to each of the suggested keywords are tappable and will prepopulate the string to the search box for users to further refine the keyword before performing the ...
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Is Chrome's ToS usage statistics opt-in a dark pattern?

I've just published a blog article on Google's deceivingly clever trick to increase the opt-in rate for its Chrome usage statistics collection program. Take a look at the Chrome ToS screen, especially ...
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What is this Google Apps popout menu called?

What is this menu called in UX/UI parlance? I want to implement this type of menu in my UI (ASP.NET MVC 5). My default styling is done with Bootstrap 3+.
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Assessing a value of a page in Google Analytics (GA)

I am analysing an information architecture using GA and am trying to qualify the worth or value of a page. There are certain metrics I have at my disposal such as unique views, bounce rates, exit ...
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Why does Google remove special characters from search?

It's worth noting not all special characters are removed, for example C# and C++ (programming languages) return results, $ returns results, etc. However, I tried searching for a code segment that I ...
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Is Google Trends incremental search intuitive?

I am trying to create an incremental search in my website where each searched term is added to the previous searched terms. I found that using a single search input for that confuses users. They ...
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Usage of site/company name in title tags?

Web page titles, ex. "Lorem ipsum - Example Company Inc.", have a maximum lenght of 70 characters when being used in the Google search results. I work with SEO on a daily basis and have been giving ...
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Purpose of Google Results Speed Indicator

What purpose does the speed indicator (the 0.44 seconds in the image below) serve the user when using Google search? Does this have a specific use to a specific user of Google or is it just Google ...
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What is the rationale for google analytics removing icons next to bold numbers?

I am wondering if Google provided a rationale in their design guidelines for what seems to have been a change in their interface design for the Google Analytics mobile app. The difference (I could be ...