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Google Launches New iPhone Web Application

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Google announced that they have launched a new web-based application for the Apple iPhone that integrates its multiple services into a single interface. The new application is based on AJAX/Web 2.0 technologies and is launched when an iPhone user visits http://www.google.com.
To accomplish this, Google is taking advantage of browser technologies (like AJAX) that made Gmail and Google Maps possible on the desktop. In supporting these advances in web technology, the iPhone's Safari browser not only delivers an excellent mobile Internet experience; it enabled our product and engineering teams to create an optimal Google experience on a mobile device.
The Google web-application offers tabs for Gmail, Calendar, Reader (RSS) and other services.

While Web-based applications have been the only Apple-sanctioned method to deploy applications to the iPhone, Steve Jobs has announced that a native iPhone developer's kit will be released in February 2008. This should allow developers to release native applications that do not require the use of Safari to launch.

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mainstreetmark

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Ah, this is new?

It's been online for at least a few days, as I've already accidentally been there.

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edit: well, it looks a bit different. I think the extra stuff used to be below the search box. Where's "I'm Feeling Lucky"?
 
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arn

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It's actually quite nice.

GMail is nicely iPhone formatted.

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coolbreeze

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Wow, this is great. Google is hitting home runs with the iPhone integration. I may now buy SpanningSync to link my iCal to Google Calendar. Their Leopard functionality scares me a the moment though (SpanningSync).

I like it so far. Every Google service looks great on my iPhone!

It would be nice if there were more calendar views/functionality, though.
 
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DrMoray

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Nice. I'm not a big gmail user, which looks to be the biggest benefit here, but it's good to see Google sharing the love with iPhone.
 
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nickspohn

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Ah, this is new?

It's been online for at least a few days, as I've already accidentally been there.

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edit: well, it looks a bit different. I think the extra stuff used to be below the search box. Where's "I'm Feeling Lucky"?

It's new.

I was on google with my phone at about 12am and it was the old one, and i went there today at about 8AM, and there it was.

it's nice.
 
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bluefiberoptics

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I've been having a problem using the new Google Reader on the iPod Touch. I can click on a story, but I can't go back to the list of stories. Maybe I'm just missing something.
 
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aLoC

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Can Safari on the Mac spoof as the iPhone so we can see it?
 
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Buran

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It's a nice idea, but this isn't really an "application", it's just cute formatting in a web page. Please, stop calling these things "applications" and call them what they really are -- user-agent-sniffing sites that show you different formatting depending on what you're browsing with. This is nothing new and not really news.
 
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imwoblin

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Very cool... I like how gmail integrates with the iphone address book. Google is really firing on all cylinders right now. It will be interesting to see how far they can push the envelope with their open source cell phone platform.
 
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koobcamuk

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I love how the iphone just gets better and better with things like this.
 
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network23

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It's a nice idea, but this isn't really an "application", it's just cute formatting in a web page. Please, stop calling these things "applications" and call them what they really are -- user-agent-sniffing sites that show you different formatting depending on what you're browsing with. This is nothing new and not really news.

There are such things as web applications. Yes, these tools provided by Google are applications. Just because you access them through a browser doesn't make them a "web page". GMail is an application whether you access it on your desktop PC or your iPhone. Likewise with Google Calendar, Docs, etc.
 
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coolfactor

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It's a nice idea, but this isn't really an "application", it's just cute formatting in a web page. Please, stop calling these things "applications" and call them what they really are -- user-agent-sniffing sites that show you different formatting depending on what you're browsing with. This is nothing new and not really news.

As stated in the original post by MacRumors:
The new application is based on AJAX/Web 2.0 technologies and is launched when an iPhone user visits http://www.google.com.

There's a big difference between simple styling and an AJAXified interface. It is more of an application than just a bunch of static web pages. Think before you rant.

Now, if only I can see it.... Can someone post screenshots?
 
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Mr Skills

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Are Google Docs and Spreadsheets specially formatted as well? Does this mean that the iPhone can be meaningfully used for editing Word files etc when online now? If so, can someone put up screenshots?
 
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ilogic

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really cool.. but not really a big deal.. definitly nicer to search via google.. and its brand new, the old format looks similar and that has been out for many months, this one sports the new top menu, which is nice... i like it... it was a pain to search for images before...
 
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GoCubsGo

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Odd, am I the only one who goes to google.com and gets automatically directed to the mobile google?
 
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