In an attempt to improve functionality as well as push other Google services, the search giant has been redesigning its search home page. the panel of links immediately above the search box has been moved to the top left and many non-search services are added under the ‘more’ link.
There are screenshots at Blog Outer Court and Googlesystem. The redesigning clearly attempts to bring as many Google services in one page as possible. Moreover, it also attempts to reposition the home page not just as the page for search but as an easy gateway to numerous services.
Removal of the panel on the search box to the top left underlines it as a navigation bar for all services than as an extension of the search feature.