We've received further word from Google on the demise of iGoogle, a version of the Google home page that was optimized specifically for the iPhone. The iPhone-formatted version of iGoogle now redirects users to the generic Google Web site formatted for mobile devices.
We contacted Google again to see if the changes to iGoogle were the result of a staff reduction and advised them that some of our readers were taking up arms over iGoogle for the iPhone being taken down and a Google spokesperson replied:
"We are redirecting all iPhone users to the standard mobile version of iGoogle to provide an experience that's optimized for speed and reliability. While we realize that not all features on the iPhone are available on the mobile version, we are listening to user feedback and exploring options to improve in this area. Our goal is to improve the overall experience for all mobile devices and as such, we are focusing our efforts to offer a better mobile platform for iGoogle."
Users interested in leaving Google feedback about the demise of iGoogle for the iPhone may do so:
On the iGoogle forum at www.google.com/suppo rt/forum/p/Web+Search.
On the Mobile forum at www.google.com/support/ forum/p/Google+Mobile.
The Google Mobile team also gathers suggestions for improving their product on their product suggestion page.