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Google Enhances Its iPhone Interface For Macworld

Improvements include the addition of auto-complete to hasten e-mail composition and the ability to access iGoogle widgets while browsing the Web with an iPhone.

With the commencement of the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Monday, Google is upgrading its Web services for Apple iPhone users.

Google said Monday that it has made further improvements to its iPhone interface, which was rolled out just over a month ago.

Among the enhancements are an improved user interface that's designed to respond better to touch-screen input, the ability to customize the tabs on the Google.com menu bar so that one's favorite applications can be more immediately accessible, faster responses from Gmail and Calendar, the addition of auto-complete to hasten e-mail composition, and the ability to access iGoogle widgets while browsing the Web with an iPhone.

"These new features provide iPhone users with a desktop-like Google Web application experience in terms of ease-of-use, speed, and feature richness but optimized for the iPhone," Google said in press release. "This experience is made possible by the iPhone's general usability and the capabilities of its Web browser, combined with Google's innovative mobile Web applications."

Google also said that it's planning to bring these enhancements to international versions of the iPhone at some later date.

According to data Google provided to The New York Times, Google saw more traffic coming from the iPhone on Christmas than any other mobile device.

Though iPhone data traffic has since reportedly dropped below the level of data traffic coming from Nokia devices powered by the Symbian operating system, it's nonetheless remarkable that a phone with only 2% of the world's smartphone market, according to IDC, should lead in data usage even briefly after only half a year on the market.

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