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Google using icon for mobile optimsed site
nomis5




msg:4482676
 7:54 pm on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

The "net" is closing in for those who have no mobile offering for mobile users. Apparently Google is including an icon in the search results (test mode only at the moment) which indicates if a site is optimised for mobiles.

How they determine a mobile optimised page is up for grabs at the moment but it's another step by Google towards favouring mobile optimised sites.

 

travelin cat




msg:4482681
 8:06 pm on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

I saw that as well. We have a number of sites that have smartphone optimized versions and none of them have shown that icon yet.

Panthro




msg:4482682
 8:09 pm on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

I hope that doesn't mean sites that serve separate stylesheets based on OS, because that ignores sites that design to do well on any and all devices, particularly taking in to account the trend towards higher resolution and larger screens on mobile devices.

Leosghost




msg:4482684
 8:13 pm on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

Not having seen it "yet" ..I have to ask, is the icon in serps, clearly visible and does it convey it's "message" "mobile optimised site" on a mobile phone screen ..at 800 x 400 ? ( 4" screen ) or below ?..

travelin cat




msg:4482688
 8:22 pm on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

It's in the serps, immediately to the right of the link to the website. It's about the same height as the text.

lucy24




msg:4482722
 12:00 am on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Nice paradox there. In order to convey information about how well the site displays on small monitors, they have to hog some of the space needed by those same small monitors ;)

travelin cat




msg:4482724
 12:23 am on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

I would think that Google would do the same thing with their apps. That makes more sense.

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