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Google Introduces a Game Changer to Mobile Devices

San Francisco was home to an announcement by Google that may have changed how we interact with our mobile devices forever.

Lately there’s been a clear trend; mobile users are spending more and more time within the confines of the apps on their phones. People are spending a lot of time in digital silos. Information can be gathered without the need for content living outside our apps. The software products on your phone are not typically designed to communicate with one another.  Mobile users are operating within a handful of applications and it’s becoming habit.

This is an alarming trend for Google. The search giant wants people to use their search engine to find content and interact with their features and advertisements.

That brings us to Now on Tap, Google’s latest mobile offering which will solve this problem.

The new Android feature acts as a bridge between Google Search and the applications on your phone or tablet.  Now on Tap will hover over the apps on your phone and attempt to enhance the user experience by providing additional content.

For example, someone listening to songs on Spotify can get more information about the music they’re listening to by simply pressing their home button. Google will crawl the Internet and will seamlessly deliver additional information about an artist or song without the user needing to exit Spotify. Maybe you’re chatting with a friend on WhatsApp about going bowling, Google Tap can search the Internet for information about local bowling alleys.
Basically, Google is providing more content by layering itself over all the applications on your mobile device. At the same time Google is increasing their relevancy by simply integrating itself where people are already spending their time.

Google’s goal is to act as bridge and bring all of your applications together. This will make Android more desirable to many people in the very competitive mobile device market.

This update should be welcomed with open arms by most mobile developers. Google is essentially doing all of the heavy lifting. Programmers can simply continue what they are doing and the Now on Tap plug in will wrap around and enhance their software automatically. The new feature will work on apps both big and small.

Apple users will probably need to wait for this technology to come to their devices. If history’s an indicator, it’s highly unlikely that Apple will be knocking on Google’s door to have this new plug-in on their products. Most likely a similar non-Google function will be unveiled this upcoming fall when the new iPhone goes to market.

By adapting to their user’s habits Google may have introduced a game changer to the mobile world.  Our devices have the potential of becoming more powerful due to the communication between

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Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update

Bing’s New Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update Coming Soon

Last month’s Mobilegeddon stole the headlines in the Internet Marketing world. Google’s algorithm underwent a massive makeover to reward a positive mobile browsing experience.

Not a lot of attention has been given to the world’s second most popular search engine. Bing recently announced that they too will be introducing their own updates on how they rank the mobile friendliness of websites.

Bing’s update will be rolled out gradually. Unlike Google, Microsoft will release their new algorithm much slower, their goal is to educate and give website owners the ability to offer feedback throughout the process. They have made it clear that they want to lessen the negative impact for website owners and at the same time create a positive experience for end-users of Bing Mobile Search.

From an early look the Bing update seems more balanced than Google’s. Sites are rewarded for being mobile-friendly, but content relevancy can still outrank even the best mobile-optimized site. This gives users a great hybrid of presenting a strong user experience with relevant search results.

Webmasters will have the ability to test their sites on a new tool offered by Bing. The goal is to provide more detailed feedback and to offer suggestions. Google’s equivalent tool was sometimes criticized for being too black and white, by simply delivering yes or no answers.

Early indications from Bing are suggesting that the Search Engine will take the following mobile elements into account when ranking sites.

Clickability – Are the buttons on a site easy to click with the tap of a finger? Is the navigation usable? Is there enough space between buttons?

Readability – Pinching to zoom on content will be frowned upon. Can text be easily read as soon as it appears on a screen?

Does it Fit – No more using your thumb to scroll to the left. Content will need to fit horizontally on any mobile screen. Scrolling up and down is still okay.

Stay Away From Flash – If a user needs a plugin such as Flash to view your content it won’t rank as well. Keep it simple and stay away from graphical content which requires non default mobile software.

Don’t Block Code – Like Google, Bing is asking webmasters to not block CSS and JavaScript files from Bing’s bots. Bing wants the ability to view all files on your mobile site, this allows the search engine the ability to read all content and understand all elements of your design.

Bing’s mobile algorithm update may not receive the same attention that Google was given, but it’s still extremely important to website owners. Transparency is core to Bing’s plan and webmasters should take advantage of the guides and tools offered by the world’s second largest Search Engine.