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iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped

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Last year, Google was kind enough to tailor a specific version of its personalized homepage tool iGoogle, to the ever-popular iPhone. They even offered a video showing how nice and convenient it would be for iPhone users.


Now however, Google has decided that the iPhone users shouldn’t get any special treatment, and should share the same mobile iGoogle experience that those with other kinds of phones do. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a thread in the Google Web Search Forum, where users have been venting their frustration for days.

At one point a Google representative responded, "We’ve decided to direct iPhone users to the standard mobile iGoogle page. We’ve found that people hit iGoogle from lots of different phones — we want to ensure you’ll all see the same version. Most or all of your existing content should translate over to the standard mobile version. The only exception would be any gadgets that aren’t compatible with most mobile browsers." He then provided a help center link and set users off even more.

This is not the first time Google has received criticism for how it has handled iGoogle. Back in October, it rolled out a new design without warning, and upset the applecart. While not everyone hated it, it seemed that most were incredibly peeved. Why would this be any different?

In the future, if Google wishes to make changes with iGoogle that affect everybody who uses it, perhaps it would be best to communicate the changes to users beforehand, or better yet, allow an opt-in feature for said changes. Otherwise, people are going to continue to raise hell. But on the other hand, it’s their product and they can do whatever they want.

iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped
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  • PulSamsara

    Awwwww…. Google doesn’t want to play in your Apple sandbox anymore ?

    Too bad… get out of the sandbox and go play on the beach :) with the big boys and girls.

  • http://randomplaza.net Brave Agent Pubeit

    The iphone’s build in web browser is a lot better than most mobile phones and only has a few tiny flaws that set it below a PC’s web browser — can’t upload images, sometimes spaces text wrong, can’t right click, and can’t do mouseover events. Google should just be redirecting iphones to its standard website.