Google homepage gets makeover

Default background images take cue from Bing

Move designed to "provide you with a bit of inspiration".

After unleashing FroYo and talking up plans for its new WebM video codec, Google has returned to more simple tasks, showing off a new look to its standard search page.

Gone is the classic plain white style, replaced by a slew of stock images. Head over to Google now and you’ll see a new background pic, undoubtedly drawing inspiration from Microsoft’s acclaimed Bing.

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Related links:
- Steve Jobs hints at Google WebM displeasure
- Google Goggles coming to iPhone
- Android 2.2 FroYo unveiled at Google I/O

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The move comes after Google announced last week you could add custom backgrounds to your Google home page, using snaps from your hard drive, or Picasa web album. Just hit up the ‘change background image’ button in the bottom lefthand corner.

While not necessarily groundbreaking, it does at least show that Microsoft’s efforts have not gone unnoticed at Mountain View. Plus it’s always good to see Google focusing on the basics as well as the big stuff.

Link: Google blog