Google’s Gmail 2.0 for Mobile

Google is introducing Gmail 2.0 for mobile. This is for mobile phones that support J2ME. Version 2.0 is available in over 35 languages. In the Google Mobile blog, software engineer Derek Philips emphasized that the Google’s main focus in this new version is “to make the experience faster and more reliable”. According to him the entire client was architected to “push all the processing to the background, greatly improve the client-side caching scheme and optimize every bottleneck piece of code”.

Gmail 2.0 for mobile has the following features :

  • Overall performance improvement: You should experience significant raw speed improvement, smoother scrolling, and no freezing.
  • Multiple accounts management: If you have both a Gmail and Google Apps email account, you can easily switch between them quickly. You will no longer have to use two different mobile apps to access personal and work emails.
  • Multiple mobile email drafts: You can save multiple email drafts in your mobile phone, so that you can pick and choose what you would like to send later.
  • Powerful shortcut keys: If you have a QWERTY phone, you can use shortcut keys. Hit ‘z’ to undo, ‘k’ to go to a newer conversation, and ‘j’ to go to an older conversation. See Menu/Help in the app for more shortcuts.
  • Basic offline support: Can’t get a signal? Not a problem. You can compose and read your most recent emails even when there is no signal. Also, any outgoing messages will be saved in the outbox on your phone and sent automatically when you’re back in coverage.
The new version of Gmail for Mobile can be downloaded from from your mobile browser. Take note that not all features are available for every phone.

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