Google Mobile Web Experience Now More App-like: Screenshot Tour

Google mobile web search
Google mobile web search
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If you point your Android or iPhone (iPod touch) web browser at Google.com and tap the “More” chevron link in the upper right corner, you’ll see something a bit different than you might be used to. The view in a HTML5 enabled mobile browser has a much more app-like look it to it. The search options (web, images, places, news, etc.) all have app-like icons associated with them.

Google mobile web apps
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In fact, one of the three tabs is labelled “Apps” and leads off with the recently launched Google+ as the first app listed.

Google mobile web notifications
Google mobile web search
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The final tab is “Notifications” and appears to be solely focused on Google+. I’ve see two types of notifications so far. One notification type let me know when I was added to someone’s Google+ circle. The other was when one or more people commented ona Google+ post.

The Google.com mobile web experience is now tied very closely with Google+ and appears to be another step in Google’s attempt to app-ify the web to draw people away from the native app experience (very Chromebook-like).