There have been growing concerns of Google search pages getting cluttered and having a shabby look and feel with lots of fields and ads coming up on left and right columns. Google has responded to this positively and has come up with redesigned Google search pages which look much simple and clean.
The layout has been changed from a three column to 2 column one. Left menu is now taken off and moved to the top menu bar position giving more space for search results to get displayed.
In the redesigned layout, it is important to note that Google has not taken away any of the search features. However, they have tweaked the design to hide the options so that users can have them only when needed. Search categories and search tools like filters have been moved to top of the search pages. Users can click on search tools to get options to sort search results by date, relevance etc as a menu below the top menu.
Google sources stated that this redesign of search pages is part of their effort to standardize the view of search results across different devices like tablets, mobile phones and desktop. The company is working on to make search experience consistent for users across these devices irrespective of differences in display screen sizes.