We’ve barely begun talking about how to format webpages for mobile and now it’s time to start thinking about pages on tablets.
Google took a stab at it this week with a fresh, new look for their search pages. The upgrade revolves around a cleaner layout that is bigger where it counts. Because we use our fingers and not a mouse to click and navigate on a tablet, Google has added larger buttons with more white space. Now people with chubby fingers like me, can get the right command on the first try, every time.
They’ve also made it easier to define your results with a set of clear category tags across the top. Images, Video, News — it’s one click and you’re there.
Google improved the image results with larger thumbnails and continuous scrolling and they say the load times will be much faster.
The upgrade will be available shortly for iPad and Android 3.1.
Overall, the changes they’ve made are small, but they’re going to make a big difference for the end user. Tablets aren’t replacing computers anytime soon, but it’s not too early to begin thinking about how your website looks and handles when viewed on a smaller, hands-on, highly portable screen.