Google recently launched a new version of iGoogle home page to all Hong Kong users.
With this iGoogle Hong Kong homepage, the search box is located at the top. Right below the search box there is an option for users to switch between English and Chinese Traditional languages. The page consists of 5 sections in boxes:
- Personal tools (including links to Gmail, Calendar and Picasa)
- Frequently-used tools (including translation and currency converter)
- New tools
Hong Kong has over 7 million populations in which over 80% are Internet users. The new home page is believed to take advantage of the faster broadband speed. Also, it will better suit the user preferences and local cultures of having a more “portal-like” homepage over the usual Google clean design.
Similar iGoogle homepages have also been concurrently launched in Taiwan and Korea, to take advantage of higher broadband speeds and the local cultures.