Gmail for iPhone and Android Update: Auto-Complete Speed Boost, Keyboard Shortcuts
Article by George Norman
On 11 Jun 2009
The development team behind Gmail for iPhone and Android has announced the fact that it made a couple of changes to the smartphone dedicated web application, changes that would address your need to do things faster and thus save time. The updates rolled out by Google are: faster address auto-completion and keyboard shortcuts for Android-powered devices with a physical keyboard.

Compared to the two updates for Gmail for iPhone and Android (details here and here) that Google released back in April, updates that touted the fact that the entire underlying code has been redesigned, the current updates do not seem that important. Nonetheless, they do show the fact that Google is committed to making Gmail for iPhone and Android better and better as time goes by.


Google Mobile Software Engineers, Matthew Bolohan and Andrew Grieve, explain: “At Google we're always looking for a way to do things faster. Today, we're announcing two improvements that will speed up your Gmail for mobile experience. The first improvement is faster address auto-completion. This means that as you begin typing the first few letters of your friend or colleague's name or email address, Gmail for mobile will quickly display possible contacts. The second improvement is that we've enabled keyboard shortcuts for Android-powered devices with a physical keyboard. Now you can use all those familiar Gmail keyboard shortcuts to quickly move through your inbox.”

If you would like to try out the new features, all you have to do is visit from the browser in your iPhone or Android-powered device. For extra convenience you can add a Gmail home screen link by following these steps:
- Fire up the browser and go to Gmail. Sign in and then proceed to the next step.
- Menu -> More -> Bookmark page -> OK
- Home -> Menu -> Add shortcut-> Bookmark -> find and select Gmail
- You should now see a Gmail icon on your home screen.

Gmail for iPhone and Android works with iPhone OS 2.2.1 or above.
Gmail for mobile provides language support for English (US) only.

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