Today, Jules Gabriel Verne is the inspiration behind Google’s often changing homepage logo, with a submarine inspired illustration that’s fitting considering he was the man behind the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

Verne was born on February 8th, 1828, hence the commemoration.

That’s nice and all, but the real reason this is news is because of the logo itself. On a desktop browser you’ll see that you can manipulate the submarine’s scenery by means of a small toggle located on the right-hand side of the logo.

On the iPhone though, it’s a whole different story. That’s because Google has tapped into the iPhone’s accelerometer to allow you to change scenery simply by moving your iPhone…

If you head over to the classic version of Google’s homepage via Safari and move your iPhone around, you’ll notice that the scenery changes without any direct input from your fingers.

This is very similar to another Safari demo that we told you about late last year; that demo used the iPhone 4’s gyroscope.

So, you got a history lesson and a nice effect to look at.

What do you think?

[CNET] via [iPad Atlas]

  • Chris

    Mine’s not working? I am on 4.1…do I need to be on 4.2.1?

    • I’m running 4.2.1, so I can’t verify. But did you switch to “Classic” mode?

  • Works for me. I did have to switch it to Classic mode instead of Mobile mode.

  • javierE186

    @ Chris: I am also on 4.1 and it works. It’s actually pretty cool, you hav to do as Jeff said and switch it to classic

  • AppleBits

    I’m on 4.1, switched to Classic mode, it works. Just zoom up the screen in landscape…and just watch the submarine windows. 🙂

  • Doesn’t work for me (tried Classic mode). Might be some JB app/util that interferes… As soon as the page is loaded, I ‘crashdive’ to the bottom and the leaver is stuck. Have to manually move it around (i.e., moving the phone doesn’t work).

  • Jason Masters

    Yeah it’s pretty cool this should be everyday lol

  • Jesse

    Keeps crashing on the 3g

  • marcoarrossi

    if they can tap into the iphones accelorometor immagine the posiblity of “internet applications” using te accelorometor.

  • marcoarrossi

    if they can tap into the iphones accelorometor imagine the posiblity of “internet applications” using te accelorometor.


    Works fine for me! Nice find!