So if you haven't noticed, Google has given itself a fairly significant makeover. Depending on which Google product you're using, the change can be as trivial as losing the serifs on the font, or as drastic as messing up the home screen on your Android device.
Yes, it's purely cosmetic, but the new design extends from Google's home page
to the icons on their mobile apps (still rolling out), to the persistent search bar on the Google Now Launcher
. It's that last one that I have a problem with; see if you agree.