Google Makes It Easier to Publish Mobile Sites
Google today announced a new tool for Google Sites owners that will automatically optimize their web site for display on iOS and Android devices. The tool needs to be activated within a sites' Google settings, after which it will appear in an optimized-for-mobile format on devices running iOS 3.0 and up and Android 2.2 and up. The three key functions Google provides with this free tool will help align the header layout and top bar; fit the width of the site to the width of the phone's screen; and better handle tools such as sidebars, horizontal navigation, and drop-down links. The idea is to let more web sites fit better into the smaller screens of mobile devices in a way that easy and doesn't cost site owners time and resources. For mobile device users, the result should be a better mobile browsing experience when landing on web pages published through Google Sites.
Chrome Gains 'Scroll Anchoring' To Keep Web Sites In Place
Google hopes the latest addition to its Chrome browser will make reading web sites less frustrating. The tool, called scroll anchoring, will prevent web sites from bouncing users up and down the screen.
Google Will Let You Stop Ads from Following You Around the Web
Google today said it is rolling out new controls for managing advertisements that appear in apps and on mobile web sites. Moving forward, people will be able to use the ad preferences settings to put the kibosh on reminder ads that often show up after user's search for specific products.
Google Makes It Easier to Find Fun Stuff to Do
Google today tweaked its mobile search tools to help people find entertaining activities nearby. Specifically, performing searches for generic events will dial in an easy-to-digest summary of close-by activities from sites such as Eventbrite and Meetup.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.