"However a Google spokesperson clarified, saying that it's "fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be" without specifying further details. "
So this animation makes the search faster somehow?
Interesting how it is. I use Google as my home page. Having a different logo every once in a while is interesting. I quickly discovered the behavior of the balls was influenced by my mouse. Since I navigate away from the page rather quickly, I enjoyed the moving colored balls. What is wrong with people, that the don't have a sense of humor?
One of Google's best yet! No other company has the "balls" (pun intended) to play around with their logo like Google does. Like them or hate them, but they deserve a tip of the hat for their innovation and sense of humor. Go Google!!!
30-40% cpu usage with that site on a core 2 duo??? thats insanity. my pentium M (1.73 ghz with 1 gb ram) had no issue with the site, and i also was running mediamonkey and 5 or 6 other tabs in google chrome... its fun and entertaining the new logo
I thought that usage was silly too, but I can confirm, I tested it, and it put my old work P4 at over 60% in IE8. Though its got the crappy onboard video. Not that I mind, as others said, I'm there for all of 10 seconds usually.
If I bang "www.google.com" into Firefox it indeed starts the ball logo animation right away. Those of you saying that it's IEs fault, Firefox shows high CPU usage too. Those that say it's not on by default, this is the defaultest browser and it starts as soon as the page is loaded, no input required.
[citation][nom]hillarymakesmecry[/nom]My logo is still exactly the same. No balls at all.[/citation]
Same here, I'm thinking my employer might have blocked it or something.
Still, who just has their browser sit on the blank google home page for no reason whatsoever? Heck, all modern browsers will direct anything you type in to the address bar (that isn't an address) to the search engine of your choice, so who actually goes to google's home page to initiate a search? That's the main reason I never see any of these Google logo's until someone writes an article about them, cause I never type "http/google.com" into my address bar.
I tested it on my Core2 Duos the CPU usage spikes to about 24% while playing with but then drops back to 0-1% when the balls all come back to the center. That happens in IE8 and Chrome. Firefox took it to 30% max before dropping to 0-1% again.
I think it's actually a pretty nice example of what can be done without Flash these days. It's also not at all difficult to deal with the CPU usage for the maybe 5 seconds you might have to deal with it before moving away from the page. But then again it might be hard to deal with wanting to play around with it for several minutes.
As far as I'm concerned, the new logo is unprofessional. It honestly makes me feel like I'm at some spoof site and not really at the legit Google website. Not to mention, I just find it annoying.
The logo distorts even if I simply move the cursor into the text box. I don't even have to touch the logo for it to flip out. Ultimately, what this means for Google is that the 10 seconds the person spends at the Google main page, their logo is present for perhaps 1 of those 10 seconds.
Using a Dell business computer, loaded with a Core 2 Duo E6550 I had a max of 39% CPU usage playing with the new Google logo. Average was about 33% just watching it with Windows XP Task Manager.
This was with Outlook, a point of sale program, and a database program open in the background behind Firefox. Not taxing on this machine. However, for folks with older machines that have not been formatted, de-fragged, virus scanned, etc for years.... this could be crippling.