Accelerated Mobile Pages, or "AMP" for short, is a project that Google has been working on for several years that makes it easier for sites to create faster mobile experiences. You've probably seen most of your favorite sites add AMP support in the last year or two, and now you can count Android Police (your favorite site, obviously) among them!
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Our under-the-hood @AMPhtml implementation is a year in the making and as a result some of the best in the business.
Truly fast and capable, combining as much as possible the main site in both familiar looks and functionality. pic.twitter.com/S4iOdZyp9G
̵1; Artem Rusakovski (@ArtemR) August 30, 2019
So, what took us so long, you might ask? Well, we spent a whole year working on a highly customized version of AMP that looks and looks almost exactly like a real site. All design elements look the same, the comment section works (many sites forget this part!), Videos and other embedded content is fully functional and generally everything is where you would expect. However, you can get the benefit of AMP speed, since the elements do not load until you scroll down to them. You can see a demo here.
Left: Regular page; Right: AMP Page
If you come across the AMP version of a page and want to see the original version, there is a convenient link just below the title of the article. Most sites make it extremely difficult to return to the original page and although our AMP site is generally the same as the mobile site, we have somehow dropped the link. Only articles have versions of AMP, not homepage, categories, tags, etc. N.
The image gallery is one of the best aspects of AMP articles. It is super smooth and responsive and you can drag down at any time to close the popup menu.
– Artem Rusakovski (@ArtemR) August 31, 2019
Now live on https: // t .co / lCN5IQmDXV!
You no longer wait for the full page to load so that all images and embedding are resized to mobile sizes – resizing is now instantaneous and done in CSS. https://t.co/0TevBL1Ub7 records19659003Share – Artem Rusakovsky (@ArtemR) August 6, 2019
We also signed up for Google's AMP Real URL program by visiting AMP's Chrome page should soon display "androidpolice.com" in the address bar instead of a Google URL (when visiting from Google Feed / News / Search / etc). The development is dependent on some magic on the server and this should happen sometime in the next few days.
The only mistake you may notice is that the full-screen image gallery sometimes skips images while dragging. This is due to a problem with the official AMP gallery, not everything we did, and Google engineers say it will take several weeks to fix the bug.
It took considerable effort to get our AMP pages fully functional with the main site, and I don't think it's hard to say that this is one of the best conversions on the web today. If you've been waiting for this, be sure to thank our talented development team – Artem, Matthew, Sebastian, Stefan and Vlad.
If you find an error, let us know by submitting a GitHub release or by sending a tip.