Google Testing Smartphone Optimized Icons In Mobile Results
Bryson Meunier spotted new mobile icons in his mobile search experience on Google.
He was searching Google on his Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean and noticed a new smartphone icon labeled on some of the search results. The icon symbolizes if the web site you are about to click on is smartphone-optimized or not.
Google told us this is a test they are experimenting with to try to “optimize the mobile search experience.” A Google spokesperson said:
We’re experimenting with ways to optimize the mobile search experience, including helping users identify smartphone-optimized sites. We don’t have any more details to share at the moment, but thank you for checking in.
Here is an image captured by Bryson of the new smartphone-optimized icon:
If you are able to reproduce this on your device, please do share with us a better looking and more detailed image of this Google mobile experiment.
Update: Here is a clearer screen shot of the smartphone optimized icon via kagua.biz:
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