Last Thursday, Google announced a new Mobile Java Application based for GMail. This mobile client can be downloaded and installed in a lot of supported handheld devices.
Gmail users can already access their accounts through the browser on their mobile devices, but this application brings users the same great Gmail experience — complete with search, conversation view, and automatic synchronization with the desktop version — with the following new benefits:
* Up to five times faster access and use, thanks to automatic pre-fetching of messages
* Drastically reduced clicks and scrolling to access email
* Fewer keystrokes for reading, composing, or searching mail
* Attachments, including files and photos, viewable and automatically resized to fit the user’s phone
I wanted to blog about it then but I was trying to access gmail.com/app to download the client on my Nokia 3230 but it seems my GPRS settings would not work. I tried downloading the new settings for SmartInternet/SmartGPRS today and was able to successfully install the Java app.
Yes, it’s faster indeed, and the interface is mobile-friendly. I’d usually get a notice to “use network to connect” which is kinda bug me for a while but checking and replying to emails is way easier than before. And, with Smart’s GPRS rate of Php10 per 30 minutes, this beats going to the net cafe to check your GMail.