Google takes Gmail out of the mobile browser

Google takes Gmail out of the mobile browser

Summary: Google has just announced a java application for mobile devices that makes using Gmail much easier to access.  The current version of Gmail for mobile is web-based, making it more difficult to access (typing the address is a pain in the neck) and it looks very plain.

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Google has just announced a java application for mobile devices that makes using Gmail much easier to access.  The current version of Gmail for mobile is web-based, making it more difficult to access (typing the address is a pain in the neck) and it looks very plain.

According to the press release, this new version has a richer Gmail experience with a few extras:

  • Up to five times faster access and use, thanks to automatic pre-fetching of messages
  • Drastically reduced clicks and scrolling to access email
  • Fewer keystrokes for reading, composing, or searching mail
  • Attachments, including files and photos, viewable and automatically resized to fit the user's phone

Unfortunately where I live, data plans are extremely expensive -- the mobile versions of Gmail and Maps are basically unusable until the price drops.

To install this new app, point your phone to http://gmail.com/app.

Topic: Mobility

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  • Hi

    Good Find!!
    crbuffy
  • Price

    For me the problem is the same. Here in Brazil the cost of browsing with the mobile is terribly high. That's the only reason I don't use this version of Gmail.
    gbonato
  • Great

    Another smart move by Google.

    http://www.eefoof.com/image/18396
    ahinkle
  • Japan

    Does not work on my Foma phone in Japan.
    I am using docomo and SH901ic

    Lars
    schouwla
  • Works great on my BB Pearl 8100!

    Much better than using the web! I use T-Mobile and pay only 50 bucks a month for 1000 anytime voice minutes with unlimited data (email & web)and unlimited text messages so this little app works great for me!
    nomorems
    • yea but the t-mobile service stinks to high hell

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