Steps to reclaim your rightful Google search results page
You may have noticed recently that performing a Google search on your webOS phone has looks a bit different than it has for the last three years. Instead of the typical smartphone-optimized page of search results, Google has downgraded its intelligence assessment of your phone and now routes us back to the basic mobile search results page instead, despite that fact that your webOS device is just as capable as handling the search results as an iPhone or Android device. Despite their efforts to bully us into submission, the webOS nation will always find a fix, workaround, or homebrew hack to get our devices working again.
One way to get around this is to make Google think that your device is actually something else, like an iPhone. There is a homebrew fix for webOS 2.2.4 or 3.0 or greater posted by Donald Kirker on the WebOS Internals Wiki that will show you how to modify the "user agent" of your device, but make sure that you are comfortable performing these types of edits to system-files and knowing that there is always the possibility of things going wrong with your device. If you want an easier workaround that doesn't involve any homebrew hackery, and you have a webOS device running webOS 2.0 or higher, all you need to do is rummage around in our basket of webOS Nation tips to find just the right combination to solve this problem.
As it turns out, you only get the mobile-formatted search results page by performing a Google search directly from Just Type or from within the browser's built-in search functionally. If you go directly to http://www.google.com and perform your search there, you get the old search results page back. So, all you need to do is change your Just Type default search engine that handles the results from a direct Google search instead of a Just Type Google search. Unfortunately, it's not quite as simple as that, but it's not that complex either. Just follow the steps below on your webOS 2.0 or higher device to create an Open Search website plug-in based off a direct google.com search and then update your Just Type preferences, and you will be basking in your smartphone-optimzied Google results page glory in no time.
- Open the browser and load up http://www.google.com
- Perform a search for "TEST" (all CAPS, no quotes)
- Swipe down on the page to reveal the header bar (it should say "TEST - Google Search"), tap on it to reveal the URL (it should look something like "http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=TEST&oq=TEST&gs_l=mobile-gws-hp.3..41l3.2351.3082.0.4220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.0..0.0.ernk_mobile_unfiltered..0.0...1ac." and copy it to the clipboard by performing a Meta-tap C
Navigate to http://www.searchplugins.net/generate.aspx to generate your Open Search Plug-in
- Under "Search URL", paste in that TEST search URL by performing a Meta-tap V
- Leave Suggestions URL (Options) blank
- Under "Search plugin title", enter the title that you want this to show as, such as "Google (fixed)". This is what will show up in your Just Type search option
- Scroll down to "Icon" and choose "Website Favicon (auto detect)"
- Tap the "Create Plugin" button
After about 5-10 seconds, a notification should appear to "Tap to add as Search Engine" for the site you just added. Tapping on that notification should bring you to the Just Type Preferences page. If tapping on it does not bring you there, then minimize the browser to card mode, tap on the "Just Type" bar, swipe-down from the top-left to view the Application drop-down menu, and choose "Preferences"
- If the notification does not appear letting you know a search plug-in was created, you may need to remove your existing unwanted web browser searches by clearing your internet browser history first and then try again.
- Scroll down to the "LAUNCH & SEARCH" section and tap the "+ Add More Searches" at the bottom
- Scroll down to the "RECENTLY VIEWED SEARCH ENGINES" and find the website search you just created and tap on it
- Back on the Just Type preferences screen, scroll back all the way to the top and tap on "Google" under "DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE"
- In the "FEATURED WEB SEARCH ENGINES", find the website search you created and tap on it.
- Close out of the Just type Preferences
From here on out, any Just Type Google search you perform should route you back to the correct version of the search results page. Unfortunately, using the search functionality built into the web browser still won't work correctly so you will still need to go to google.com or go back to Just Type to perform your search.
But have no fear, if this all seems too much for you to handle (it's really not that bad), never fear. The homebrew community is hard at work whipping up a patchable version that will fix this for you.