Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) may have been sold to users on the basis of faster-loading webpages, but the company’s underlying motivation is to lock publishers into Google’s ad network. For users, it makes it harder to see which site you’re being taken to, and trickier to share links to specific pages.
Apple is now addressing the second issue in iOS 11 by having Safari convert AMP links back into the original URLs when shared …
NordVPN 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.
At present, all AMP URLS shared from Safari begin with https://wwww.google.com/amp/.
Good spot from Federico here – Apple continuing to strip control away from Google when their own devices and software are used to allow a more clean, streamlined UI.