Google Mobile gives their search page a makeover for Windows Phone

We may occasionally riff on Google around here due to their Android OS, but there's no doubt many use their search services. And while they have not been the most friendly to our OS, it's still news when they do make something a bit more Windows Phone friendly.

So at least according to their Facebook page, the new Google search page has been reformatted for Windows Phone 7.5, which we take to mean has HTML5 elements on board. While not earth shattering, it does seem a lot nicer (see our screen shot to the right).

Notice anything else? Let us know in comments. Thanks, David W., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Google looked like that on my phone for a while now
  • Yeah, that's kind of what we thought..but we never use it so don't have much memory of what it looked like before. But at least according to FB page, something is new...
  • I don't have it like that... :S
  • Yeah, mine is still the old school style as well. (HD7 running Mango).
  • mine has been like that for several weeks now. (
  • I've had that page for a month now.
  • I think that update came out around when Mango released. It now lets you set your location (where it says "unknown" clicking on update will use GPS to track you down). Clicking on the Restaurant, Coffee, Bar icons then become a location based search (restaurants show the nearest with reviews). Not a bad enhancement (don't recall the old Google webpage having location based search but I use Bing more so, so please don't flame too harshly if I missed a setting for that somewhere :-) )
  • Who cares? Google sucks the big one.
  • nope my is still the same as it's always been :(
  • Ok, what's going on with my Verizon Trophy. I don't see this or that Bing mobile update that was mentioned earlier (was that here or wmpoweruser?). I just cleared my cookies as well, but still nothing.
  • Gmail on the web for wp7 still looks like **** Also there are tons of other websites that are optimized for iOS but not wp7. It's frustrating. NYTimes is such an example. Even at the front page, all videos are flash based. On iOS, they're all html5 based. It's small things like these that can sometimes drive away potential adopters.
  • For anyone who can't see it, you need to change your IE settings from desktop view to mobile view. I only use desktop view so this change is useless to me :/
  • Metro styled icons?
  • Change browser view mode to Mobile.Go to, when you see the be page save it to your favs.Change browser back to desktop view.Works great, just need to go to the new URL.
  • Yeah, I noticed this a while ago. Unfortunately those local searches don't seem to be much use to me, which is strange because I know Google does have a good database of local info around here.
  • Okay, I got it to work and here's what I did:1) Go into IE's settings and change "Website preference" to "Mobile version"2) Go to Google.com3) Find "Settings" on that page (it's beside iGoogle or Help)4) Click on "Settings"5) Scroll down until you find "Allow use of device location"6) Select "Yes"7) Click on "Save"Now that Google has your location data they'll be able to find local results (restaurants, bars, etc) for you. You should get prompted to allow Google to access your local data and then you'll need to set it but after that you're good to go.
  • Good: phone numbers showed on places make the phone call start