Google Resizes Google Mobile App for the iPad

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-04-14

Google April 13 said Apple's App Store has approved its Google Mobile App for Apple's iPad, which has sold more than 500,000 units since going on sale April 3.

This "iPad-friendly version" of Google Mobile App, available from the iTunes store here, displays content on the iPad's screen without cutting off or chopping up the content rendered there. The app features the same perks in the Google Mobile App for iPhone, such as search by voice and My Location.

Google software engineer Alastair Tse said he and his team are working on improving Google Mobile App for iPad to better take advantage of iPad's features, though he declined to provide specifics.

See screenshots of Google Mobile App on the iPad on Gizmodo here, and a brief lamentation of how the app is lacking on CNET here.

Google's latest iPad app comes after Google April 2 retooled Gmail to work properly on the iPad for its widely anticipated launch.

This flavor of Gmail leverages an experimental user interface built on the HTML5-based Gmail for mobile Web app the company launched last April for the iPhone and Android devices.

Gmail on iPad is faster, but it also looks different from Gmail on the desktop or iPhone, as you'd expect. The iPad presents a larger surface on which to work; Gmail and Google Mobile App were redesigned to accommodate this larger palette.

Meanwhile, Google is the default search engine for iPad, and YouTube and Google Maps provide video content and high-resolution satellite and Street View imagery, respectively.

So far, Google, which experienced some bumps in the road getting Google Latitude and Google Voice onto the iPhone, seems to have acclimated well to Apple's stringent App Store requirements.

It will be interesting to see how this holds up, and even more interesting to watch if and when Google releases its own Android-based tablet and how that will differ from users' iPad experience.

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