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Google launches iPhone-formatted homepage

updated 10:05 am EST, Wed December 5, 2007

iPhone version of Google

Google has launched an iPhone version of its homepage, linking itself even more closely with Apple. While the iPhone already had an integrated version of Google Maps, American users who visit Google.com from an iPhone are now redirected to a new page, somewhat resembling the iPhone edition of Facebook. Tabs at the top take users to Gmail, Calendar, Reader and "More" (Picasa, GOOG-411, etc.), while many pages have a secondary menu bar, letting users pick app options such as Gmail's "Contacts."

Importantly, content in apps is more cleanly formatted for the iPhone, with larger fonts and tables, as well as a vertical orientation to eliminate the need for horizontal scrolling. The site should also work properly on the iPod touch, but this appears to be restricted to American visitors at present, as accounts suggest that Canadians are not being redirected.




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  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wanna see it?

    1. Quit Safari

    2. In the terminal, run: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

    3. Restart Safari

    4. Go to http://google.com

    5. In Debug Menu, select User Agent > Mobile Safari 1.0

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    now that's done

    and the iPhone and iPod Touch are getting some traction for smaller formatted web pages. Time for M$ to make up a stupid name, get 100 unknown companies to make devices, and create a standard that's just a few pixels wider, so "M$ Mobile Sharp Live" pages will not fit in the Apple display, but iPhone-styled pages will fit in the M$ display, and it can be billed as having more horiz. pixels than Apple!

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: tindrum

    Be careful what you say out loud - Microsoft may try to hire you as Director of Monopoly Maintenance.

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