Bing and Yahoo! are test-driving radical new designs, reports Search Engine Watch.
Both search engines appear to be aiming to improve user experiences for mobile web users, featuring card-like SERP designs reminiscent of Google.
Yahoo!’s new look features arguably the most extensive changes, with distinct cards containing search results, images, related searches and ads. All Google Testing, a site that uncovers and analyses search engine experiments, reckons “the test is very similar to Google for tablets interface.”
Bing, meanwhile, features a layout fairly similar to its current interface, but with Google-esque menus below the search bar, as opposed to their current location above. Like Yahoo!’s test, results and other elements are clearly ‘boxed’ using cards.
Is this a glimpse of a mobile-friendly future? Currently, the two search engines are remaining tight-lipped about the possibility of a full roll-out.
In an email to Search Engine Watch, a Yahoo! spokesperson noted: “In 2013 alone, we performed more than 600 experiments on Yahoo Search, and we are continuing with these efforts,” adding: “We don’t have anything new to announce at this time.”
Bing’s response was similar, with a Microsoft rep noting that the company was “constantly updating and refining the Bing search experience,” and that they “have nothing further to share.”
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