Mobile friendly websites are not always mobile friendly
Clicking on a website via search results on your smartphone only to find it's not mobile optimised is one of the most frustrating user experiences a person can have when they are looking for something while on the go.
While some businesses not having a website is bad enough, upon learning a website isn't mobile friendly can lead to people thinking a company is out of date, unsuccessful or simply not tech savvy.
Google may be implementing a feature that is yet another incentive for businesses to make their websites mobile-friendly.
Google is testing an icon that warns users when a website is not mobile friendly in mobile search results.
The symbol – a grey phone with a slash through it - is designed to quickly tell users if a website is responsive to mobile devices.
While Google hasn’t announced when it will officially launching the feature, it previously began testing mobile-friendly icons, letting users know what websites were optimised for mobile.
Perhaps Google is testing to see if they get a better response from searchers with the mobile friendly icon or the non-mobile friendly icon, or even no icon at all. Either way, they are certainly planning on labelling mobile-friendly results or non-mobile friendly results.
The testing may not be completely accurate at this stage as the BBC has been labelled as "not mobile-friendly," but the news site actually has launched a mobile version.
A screenshot from @malcolmcoles showing the grey icon:
*As of today it looks as though they are trialling “mobile friendly” in text alongside search results.