Google combines its services for iPhone users

Safari browser and AJAX-like technologies helped

Google announced a new application for the iPhone Wednesday that allows users to integrate its services into a single interface so they can easily find, use and switch between Google's search, Gmail, Calendar and Reader.

The application is launched when a user points the iPhone Web browser to www.google.com, Google said in a statement.

Google took advantage of browser technologies such as Ajax in providing the capability. Some of the credit goes to the iPhone Safari browser, as well, which offers "an excellent mobile Internet experience," the statement said.

The new offering is part of Google's overall intent to provide users with access to information on any device, the company added. "We are working to develop new mobile technologies that are faster, easier to use and available on more devices," the statement said.

Google recently launched My Location, a Google Maps capability that allows users to see their location directly on a map with or without GPS.

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