Google Services Getting iPad Friendly

Good news for fans of Google services like Gmail and my favorite Google Reader. Google today announced the release of  “an experimental user interface for the iPad”. It’s an HTML5 web app, but optimized for the larger iPad surface. To take advantage of the display, Google has created a two-pane view, similar to many of the early iPad apps.


Google also reminds us that a few Google apps will ship with the iPad.

Additionally, the iPad ships with a number of Google services pre-installed. As with Mac computers and the iPhone, you’ll find Google Search in the top right corner of Safari. The YouTube app for iPad is built-in, so you can watch HD videos and read and write comments. The new Maps app on iPad takes advantage of high-resolution satellite and Street View imagery, includes a new terrain view, and lets you search for local businesses and get directions. Just like on the iPhone, you can also go to the App Store to download Google Mobile App with search by voice. Of course, Google Mobile App was originally designed for the iPhone’s screen dimensions, but we’ve adapted it to work on the iPad and we’re looking into new ideas to make the app even better.

via Google’s Blog