Why is the Google logo grey?
Google has replaced its dynamic logo on its homepage with monochrome gray text. Its logo usually appears in bright colors of red, yellow, blue and green, but now wears a dark look. What is the reason for this?
Well, the search engine decided to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s oldest monarch, who died aged 96 on September 8. Queen Elizabeth died at her Scottish estate of Balmoral.
While it turned gray in the UK on the day the Queen died and gradually in other parts of the world as well, it became visible in India on Sunday. Incidentally, India observes a one-day state mourning for the queen today. The national flag flies at half mast across the country.
The grayscale logo is visible on all devices. However, it is not clickable.
Google has a habit of publishing doodles, a modified version of its logo, dedicated to famous people on its homepage. When this is the case, users can click on the representation which takes them to a page with information about the person and their accomplishments. Google Doodles also commemorates milestone birthdays, death dates, and historical dates.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai meanwhile offered his condolences to the British people and others around the world after the Queen’s passing. “Sending our deepest condolences to the people of the UK and around the world who mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Her steadfast leadership and public service have been a constant throughout our lives. We will miss her,” he tweeted.