We all love Google and the dozens of great services & apps it offers. The problem is there are dozens of them and we tend to use a quiet a few as time passes on. The drop down under the more option is ever changing and often won’t list the apps we use on a daily basis.
Today we will take a quick look at Gpanion, which helps tie up loose ends when it comes to accessing Google’s apps and services.
Gpanion is a web app that acts like a desktop for all Google services. Links to all Google services are displayed like shortcuts on a normal desktop. Clicking on any of these icons will take you to the relevant Google site. Gpanion takes the pain out of using the ever changing Google drop down menu.
Gpanion is absolutely free to use and needs no sign up. You can either use your existing Google or Google Apps account to login. The login page looks fantastic with a minimalistic style. Login happens via OAuth and you do not have to submit your Google username and password.
After approving Gpanion to link with the Google account, we are taken to a dashboard with large icons – each representing a corresponding Google service. Applications are organized under two tabs to prevent clutter. You can choose which apps should show up prominently on the homepage and which ones should go into the More tab.
Moving apps from the more tab to the homepage (and vice versa) is as simple as dragging and dropping the icons around.
Gpanion offers a built in search option that allows you to search Google without having to open a new window. With advanced search options like Images, Video, News, Blogs etc., the search page design is the same like that of Google.
App Status Dashboard
Gpanion also has a link to the Google hosted app dashboard which lists if the apps are all working fine or if they are under maintenance. This will come in very handy for paid Google App users. Like all other app links, the app status dashboard also opens in a new tab when you click on it.
Gpanion is a clear example of doing things right. The design is absolutely rocking with large icons and virtually no scrolling. The app might not launch rockets, but solves a simple yet widespread real world problem and that’s how apps should be designed. Go Gpanion!