Mountain View, California:
WDYL, short for 'What Do You Love', is a new website launched by Google. Only, it has not been 'officially' launched yet, but a tipster called TechCrunch has the news up and the rest of the world has followed soon. However, Google is yet to mention WDYL in any of its official blog posts.
The WDYL site follows Google's minimalistic home page design, and is just a search bar on a grey page with the words 'What do you love' and 'from Google'. The button deviates from the grey-and-black motif and features a white heart in a blue rectangular box. Cute as a button, you got that right! Type in a query and you get a page with some 20 widgets, conveniently splitting the results of your search across various Google products and aggregating them in one place.
Let us presume that you are searching for Techcircle.in. And you find 'Maps' which will let you find Techcircle.in nearby, YouTube videos of Techcircle.in, an option to explore Techcircle in 3D and so on. You can also search related patents, search for your query in blogs, make a photo album, see pictures, translate your search in 57 languages, call someone or organise a debate, among other things.
So far, WDYL seems to be in an alpha state. Therefore, stick to the main Google search page for now. Also, not all the widgets will function for all search queries. If you are looking for William Shakespeare, it will be downright disconcerting if a service lets you locate him on a map.
Like we said, Google has been tight-lipped about WDYL so far. The company has simply announced in a blog post that it is evolving the Google design and experience. And both Google+ and WDYL sure come under that heading. As part of their latest initiatives, Google is also changing the classic Google homepage, which will now feature a smaller logo while links will be moved to the top and bottom edges of the browser for a cleaner look, it says.
"The new Google experience that we've begun working toward is founded on three key design principles: Focus, elasticity and effortlessness," Google has added in the blog post, updated by the company's Creative Director of Digital, Chris Wiggins.