Google retires old Google Contacts interface
Anyone using Google Contacts to manage contacts list? If you are using Gmail as you primary mail service, or other Google services, you may have come into contact with the Contacts service before.
It enables you to manage contacts based on application, account, and more recently, Google Plus circles.
The main interface of Google Contacts has been this one for quite some time now, resembling the Gmail layout and interface quite a bit.
It displays the contact groups on the left, sorted by "My Contacts", Circles, Most Contacted, and Other Contacts. A click displays a table with the contact's name and email address, and if available additional information such as phone numbers.
Veteran users of Google Contacts may have used an older interface, accessible under http://www.google.com/contacts_v1 until now.
It offered a simpler faster loading interface that was ideal for users who connected to the Google Contacts site using mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, and also for users on slow Internet connections.
It did display the same information, contact groups on the left, the actual contacts on the right, and detailed information on the right of that.
Google seems to have removed the old version of Google Contacts, as it is no longer available. When you try to open the page, you are automatically redirected to the standard version of Google Contacts instead.
This can be problematic for users on low-speed connections and those using computers with small screen sizes, as it is not that optimized for those scenarios.
The only other option to access the contacts list is to use Gmail's basic HTML contacts listing which should load faster and display better in most cases.
The contact list is limited to names, email addresses and phone numbers were available though. If you need information about groups, you won't get them here either.
There are other options to access Google Contacts information. If you are using Android, you can access them after you have linked the Google account to the phone or tablet. This may be the best option for Android users, while users who make use of other phones may not have that option available on their systems.
Did you use the old Google Contacts interface, or use Google Contacts at all? Let me know in the comments. (via Google System)Advertisement