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January 10, 2011

Google Transcoder's Zooming Feature

If you're trying to load a web page using your mobile phone's browser, but the Internet connection is slow and you can't install Opera Mini, there's always Google Transcoder. Google's service shows a simplified version of the page that hides navigation links, removes scripts and compresses images.

Google Transcoder also has a "zoom out" feature that shows a screenshot of the page and lets you select the section you want to read. This means that Google has at least two databases of screenshots for all the indexed pages and Google knows a lot of about the structure of a web page.


  1. Is there a bookmarklet to open a page in Transcoder?

  2. I found out about this service from "Mobile Web Design for Dummies". How did you hear about it?


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