Is Google doing the Rich Internet Application dance?

Is Google doing the Rich Internet Application dance?

Summary: Interesting announcement out of Mountain View this morning regarding a mobile version of Gmail that can be downloaded and installed on a wide range of phones. Traditionally, Google has been very focused on web applications, but web applications simply don't work on mobile devices.

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Interesting announcement out of Mountain View this morning regarding a mobile version of Gmail that can be downloaded and installed on a wide range of phones.

Traditionally, Google has been very focused on web applications, but web applications simply don't work on mobile devices. Ignoring the mobile world would have been a costly mistake, so Google did what any reasonable company should do, they created an experience custom-tailored for the device accessing content - they built a mobile Rich Internet Application.

The new Gmail client is faster, it can download attachments which are then formatted correctly for the smaller screens, and it synchronizes email so you can view your email when you don't have cell phone signal.

This is a great step for Google, because it shows they realize the world isn't just about web applications. The web is great for delivering and even storing content, but when it comes to interacting with that content, we need an experience that fits the device we're using. If that is a PC, then it makes sense to build an application that takes advantage of the PCs strengths. We should be able to access data offline and we should be able to take advantage of the processing power by building RIAs that can focus on high quality user interfaces. In the mobile world, we need lightweight clients that are fast, don't drain the battery, and still give us the data we want.

Two thumbs up for Google, I hope we see more initiatives like this.

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  • I don't think we'll have to wait long..

    Google seems to have the vision down pat. While everyone else is struggling to catchup to Google Apps for your Domain they will be on your watch and your refrigerator.
    jricktaylor@...
  • Google needs to make the desktop version of GMail work offline too. It will

    be interesting to see how they do it. We know they are working on it.

    Will they think about using Desktop Java once Sun open sources it and it is on all Desktops without licensing problems?

    In reality, all of the reasons that Java failed to penetrate the desktop a few years ago are disappearing or will disapear soon.
    DonnieBoy
  • works well in samsung i535

    i downloaded the java client (120k or so) to my phone. it intuitively walks you through set-up, asks for google account registration, and then goes live.

    a highly effective application - no issues with inbox messages, either, which on the same phone makes yahoo mail unusable and inaccessible.
    http://cognitivelabs.com/people.htm
    humble99