Google Labs has debuted “Google X” which adds an animated Mac OS X-style Dock above Google’s search box. Chikai Ohazama, Google Software Engineer, has blogged the following:
And now there’s Google X, which came about because I wanted a quick fun way to access all of Google’s services. I gave it to a few friends in the company, who gave it to their friends, some posted it on their blogs, others sent it around on mailing lists, and it eventually made its way to Marissa Mayer, who liked it enough to say, when do you want to put it up on Labs? So after some spit and polish from some enthusiastic Googlers and the keen eye of the UI team, Google X is here. I hope all of you enjoy it – especially Mac users, who I’m sure will appreciate its lineage.
See “Google X” here.
MacDailyNews Take: Too bad you can’t turn off the animation; Dock Magnification is one of the first things we disable on our Macs. Why? It’s far easier and quicker to hit a stationary target than a slippery moving one. Let’s face it, the animated Dock icons aren’t very useful. So, because Apple has included text rollovers on Dock icons, turning off the Magnification and minimizing the Dock to its smallest possible size works best for us.
Kudos to Google, though, for minimizing the Magnification animation and providing a familiar place for Mac OS X users, right down to the quote (and link to Apple’s Mac OS X page) at the bottom of the page, “Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you.”
[UPDATE, 10:31am ET: AcidSearch is a search enhancement for Safari. It adds unlimited “Search Channels” to the Google search field. Channels can be customized, so you can add Google X. AcidSearch is free software, and will always be free, according to developer pozytron. More info and download link here.]
[UPDATE, 7:00pm ET: Google X is no longer currently available. See related article below.]
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