Kevin Fox, former User Experience Design Lead at Google, about Google’s recent UX decisions:
Chrome’s new-tab button losing the plus? Doesn’t feel right to me, but data could easily prove me wrong.
Gmail’s new flat conversation view? I’m pretty sure it’s not as friendly for new users struggling with threaded conversations for the first time, but maybe I’m an old fogey.
Clicks on logos no longer taking you to the top page of that site and/or refreshing content? That’s just batshit crazy.
There’s a bigger discussion going on about it on Google+, trying to explain some of the decisions. Be sure to check it out.