When the smartphone revolution first began with the iPhone in 2007 Apple touted the handset’s ability to offer access to the “full web.” While modern smartphones are more than capable of rendering the desktop web, it has proven to not be the best experience for such small devices. Tablets are much larger and the full web experience works better than on smaller screens, but touch input still works better with a somewhat customized experience.
Google has come to this conclusion as well and have introduced a slightly tweaked version of their search experience. The new tablet view takes off from the new Google/Google+ inspired aesthetic and makes everything more easily accessible for touch input.
Here’s the official word:
We’ve simplified the layout of search results pages and increased the size of page contents like text, buttons and other touch targets to make it faster and easier to browse and interact with search results in portrait or landscape view.
For image results, we focused on improvements that enhance the viewing experience such as enlarged image previews, continuous scroll, and faster loading of image thumbnails.
Tablets are a quickly growing market so it just makes sense for Google to put their best foot forward for a space that many have predicted will become the de-facto consumer computing experience in the near future.
Also, don’t be confused, when you check out Google’s new tablet look it probably won’t be on a device that says Motorola on it, but it will still work.
Source: Google Mobile Blog