iGoogle Gets New Themes; Google China Gets New Home Page

Google has added five new themes to iGoogle. Google Blogoscoped and Google Operating System both have posts on the new themes, which include a Solar System theme, an Autumn theme, a Hong Kong theme, a JR The Monster theme, and an Aja Tiger theme.

Google China is also testing out a new home page according to Google Blogoscoped. You can see the new home page at this special Google China URL right now. It differs from the current live design by adding a more “portal like” interface.

Here is the normal Google China page:

Google China Normal

Compare that to this test version of the Google China page:

Google China Test

Very different indeed. Don’t forget, Google Korea has an animated Google home page.

Back to the iGoogle themes:

If you want to activate those themes, you have to go a bit out of your way.

(1) Go to www.google.com/ig (2) Enter JavaScript into your URL browser and choose the appropriate one based on the theme you want to show in iGoogle.

  • javascript:_dlsetp(‘preview_skin=skins/planets.xml’);
  • javascript:_dlsetp(‘preview_skin=skins/autumn.xml’);
  • javascript:_dlsetp(‘preview_skin=skins/hongkong.xml’);
  • javascript:_dlsetp(‘preview_skin=skins/jr.xml’);
  • javascript:_dlsetp(‘preview_skin=skins/tiger.xml’);

(4) Then save the theme and you should see it at www.google.com/ig.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: iGoogle | Google: Outside US | Google: User Interface

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