Google improves Gmail for iPhone, Android

Google improves Gmail for iPhone, Android

New mobile version of Gmail.

New features
The new version is much more elaborate than its predecessor–though not so elaborate that there are ads, as in the regular version of Gmail. Among the new features:

• Multiple messages can be selected then archived, deleted, and marked as read, unread, or spam.

• A floating toolbar–the “floaty bar”–travels with the page as you scroll through a message or through an in-box with selected messages, letting you take various actions without having to scroll to the top or bottom of the page.

• A search button appears at the top of the screen for easier retrieval of older messages. Previously it was buried at the bottom of the in-box.

But the offline access is what sets the application apart. The application stores e-mail messages on the phone itself using the still settling-down HTML 5 standard for Web page design and, in Android’s case, using Google’s Gears browser plug-in.

Faster e-mail
That makes messages readable while offline. But it also makes reading messages faster, since they don’t have to be retrieved over the network as long as they’ve been cached on the phone. I noticed a very significant speedup in use–once I endured an initial wait for synchronization while messages were downloaded.

“Gmail for mobile allows common actions such as archive and send to be completed much more quickly than previous releases. The first time you visit Gmail, you may notice that the start-up time is a bit slower than usual. This is because we are downloading required files over the network. However, once the files are downloaded, subsequent launches will be more consistent regardless of connection type,” Google told me in a statement.

The offline mode let me compose a message and push the send button; when network access was restored, the Gmail application took care of actually sending it without any intervention on my part. Also while offline, I could perform a search I’d done recently online, though a new search required network access.

(Source: CNET News)

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Jamie is a co-founder and senior editor at Technigrated, covering all facets of the tech industry. In addition to working at Technigrated, Jamie is a Founding Partner of NBR Design Studio, a graphic and web design and hosting firm headquartered in Bethany Beach, DE.

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