Take a quick glimpse at the mobile view of any Web page.
The web is a wonderful place. We have instant access to more information than any other time in history. But sometimes it’s too much information. When all you want to do is grab a quick bit of info, like the weather or sports scores, it’s easy to get lost on sites that try to hook you in for ad revenue and make you work to get it—or, even worse, you could lose a few hours down a rabbit hole of tangental clicks.
A lot of sites have a mobile version that simplifies things, putting important information front and center. Sure, that’s probably just a side effect of designs based on other concerns, like limited time, or slow connections, but it’s super handy. We wanted to bring that ease of discovery to desktop and notebook computers, so we made Glimpse, a Chrome Add-On that helps do just that.
How it Works
Once installed, Glimpse lives on your toolbar. When you click it, an iPhone-sized pop-over appears—you can think of it as a mobile browser for your non-mobile browser. When you visit a site in it, the mobile version loads automatically, giving you quick, easy access to exactly what you were looking for, whether it’s your calendar, reminders, or even a simplified news feed. We recommend exploring and trying different sites out. You’ll be surprised by the lack of cruft and distractions.
PLEASE NOTE: Glimpse is not currently compatible with some web sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Github, and Google Calendar. This is for technical reasons beyond the control of Arc90.
Save your Faves
When you find a mobile site that suits your needs, you can save it to Glimpse. All of your saved sites are available with the click of a button anytime you launch the Add-On. Once you’ve added a few favorites to your list, you can quickly find the content you’re after whenever you need it.
An Arc90 Lab Project
Glimpse is the eighth of a handful of projects to come out of the Arc90 2012 Hackathon. The Hackathon gives us the freedom and time to bend the web to our liking. If you’d like to learn more about how Arc90 can help your business, get in touch!