Google is always developing mobile applications that are highly aimed at helping people access the information they need, whenever they need it. We all know about that. But what is the top item people require most to get the job done when on the go? Email!
Today, Google launched a yummy new application called the Gmail mobile client. This is a downloadable Java application that will deliver your Gmail to your mobile device with a nice loaded feature list, and a fast clean interface. As long as you have a Gmail account you are ready to start. If not, check out gmail.google.com to signup, then point your mobile browser to gmail.com/app to download the application.
The 137kb application took me only about 30 seconds to download using my Moto RAZR. When downloaded, users are presented with a clean Gmail login page where credentials are to be entered. A simple, clean, easy to use interface gave me a great first impression. Google claims that this new application is up to five times faster due to an “automatic pre-fetching of messages”. To my surprise, emails were there waiting for me in the inbox pretty much instantly after logging in.
It sure beats the old way of using a browser and the m.google.com location. Emails are presented in a nice clean list, and there is quite a bit of reduced clicking and scrolling that is required in the mobile client. Attachments like photos are instantly resized to fit the screen size of your mobile device. Far fewer keystrokes are also required to reply, forward, search mail, compose mail, mark as unread, add a star, view details, and report spam. These are all done through the MENU option, which is a dream to use.
The Google Gmail mobile client is compatible with all J2ME-enabled phones in the U.S. and works with a variety of carrier service plans. So yes, data charges do apply. This is going to help a lot of people out in the productivity department; I look forward to continually using this Google offering, especially in the future when Google Hosted Services mail accounts are supported.
Check out what Om has to say about Google’s latest offering over at GigaOM.
Have you had the chance to check out the new mobile client? What do you think? Is this going to help out your daily productivity? It will for me!