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]