Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) may have been sold to users based on the speedier-loading pages, however the organization’s hidden inspiration is to lock publishers into Google’s ad network. For users, it makes it difficult to see which site you’re being taken to, and trickier to share links to particular pages.
Apple is addressing to issue in iOS 11 by having Safari change over AMP links again into the original URLs …
MacStories founder Federico Viticci first spotted this.
Very nice: when sharing AMP pages to iMessage or Reading List, iOS 11 Safari automatically removes AMP’s crap from the URL. Go Apple.
Currently, all AMP URLS loaded in Safari start with //wwww.google.com/amp/.
Hacker News conveys a post said to be from AMP’s technical lead expressing that Google supports Apple for this, as well as really asked for it – and needs different browsers to take after Apple’s lead.
Just wanted to clarify that we specifically requested Apple (and other browser vendors) to do this. AMP’s policy states that platforms should share the canonical URL of an article whenever technically possible. This browser change makes it technically possible in Safari. We cannot wait for other vendors to implement.
It appears Safari implemented a special case. We’d prefer a more generic solution where browsers would share the canonical link by default, but this works for us.
Google added a feature to AMP back in February to give easy access to the original URL because of concerns over AMP links. It disclosed the explanation to this in an extensive blog post.