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Google mobile search - which one? I get three!

 2:35 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

I can get to m.google.com in a desktop browser, which redirects to (e.g.) [google.com...]

I got only five results, which was unusual.

On my iPhone, the Google search app got me over 800,000 results.

On my iPhone/Safari, m.google.com took me to a disambiguation page and I had to fend off a few attempts to point me to the App, until I got to a browser based search. There I got 479k results.



 6:09 am on Jan 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

There's only one thing I've read that might be relevant, and I'm not sure it's relevant to your situation. Google does maintain three different sets of "mobile" results - one each for feature phones, smartphones and tablets.

However, those are very big swings in the numbers you're seeiong. Does make you wonder what's going on.


 1:09 pm on Jan 23, 2012 (gmt 0)


Where did you read they have three different sets of results?

They have a separate mobile index for feature phones, but not until recently did they create a googlebot for smartphones. As far as I know, the index for smartphones, tablets and desktop users are the same - but feature phones have their own index.


 5:06 pm on Jan 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'm going purely by memory, Rusty - I'll see if I can research this and come up with a source.

My memory tells me that the index itself may be the same, but the ranking algorithm is different. However, tha may be third party information rather than straight from Google.


 5:52 pm on Jan 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

In the GWT "search queries" area there are entirely separate categories for "Mobile" and "Mobile (smartphone)". With entirely separate numbers.



 2:07 am on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

Anyone else seeing such big swings in the results?

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