A Google doodle — a redesigned version of the Google homepage logo — is the highest honor the search engine can bestow on a significant date, so it's no surprise that an image has been prepared for New Year's. Here's an early look at it.
We're getting to see the doodle early thanks to different timezones. It's already New Year's Eve in some places — such as New Zealand, where the image above came from.
This year's New Year's doodle appears to be pretty simple and doesn't feature any animated or interactive elements like some of its predecessors, but does that really matter? We'll all probably be too busy celebrating the beginning of 2012 to even notice the Google homepage change.
It's worth noting that Google occasionally makes different versions of certain doodles for various countries. So don't panic if the U.S. New Year's doodle winds up looking different than the one pictured at the top of this page.
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