Google Rehauls Gmail For Android And iPhone Platforms

Google has spruced up its Mobile Gmail offerings for iPhone as well as Android powered handsets, in a bid to provide more offline options and help users to interact in a much easier way.

The new set of improvements includes much speedier performance while opening emails, searching archives, and browsing through various Gmail folders, the search engine giant notified through its official Mobile blog.

In addition to this, the update to the offerings also added a new feature which ensures that users can access their Gmail accounts in spite of intermittent network connections.

Vic Gundotra, vice president for engineering at Google, showed the revamped Gmail mobile web app at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco a week back, and also at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona, a couple of months ago.

Even after the arrival of 3G networks and Wi-Fi capabilities, smartphones have been lacking the speedier broadband connections, and have connections far less reliable than that of desktop version, asserted Google Mobile engineer Rob Kroeger.

Citing the same, Kroeger quoted the upgrade in Gmail Mobile offerings by saying, “We made performance more consistent, regardless of connection type, and laid the foundation for future improvements”.

In a bid to offer enhanced speed for basic functions, email will be cached to the device itself before getting connected with servers when a network connection is set-up; in addition, it also incorporates ‘floating task bars’ to enhance the speeds of basic functions, such as to label, delete and archive messages, of the email service.

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Our Comments

Google proves once more, unlike Microsoft, that it wants to be a universal platform be it for email or for search. The internet giant knows that it will have to capture mobile users if it wants to catch up with Microsoft and Yahoo in email box counts.

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