Gmail for iPhone and Android Update: Outbox
Article by George Norman
On 14 Aug 2009
The updates to the Gmail for iPhone and Android-powered smartphones, the browser-based Gmail for mobile client, keep on coming – just like the Google Mobile team said would happen when it completely re-architected the code to streamline the release of performance improvements and new features. Since then we’ve seen the release of a mute feature and an autocomplete speed boost and keyboard shortcuts. Now the Google Mobile team has launched yet another feature: an outbox.

Gmail for iPhone and Android, thanks to HTML5 technology and Google Gears, allows you to use the email client even though your internet connection went down. You can still read messages and compose outgoing emails – the thing is that once you hit the send button, the email is stored and will be sent out when your internet connection is restored. Until now you did not actually know if the message had been sent or not, and that is why an “outbox” has been added to Gmail for iPhone and Android.


“We’re now introducing a new feature, called Outbox. Outbox is a new label that appears in the menu when you have queued messages stuck on your phone and presents a read-only view of the subject of those messages. So if you want to make sure the previous message was sent before writing a follow-up mail, you can go ahead and find it in Outbox. Please note that you can read only the subject, not the body, of messages in Outbox,” explained Product Marketing Manager with Google Mobile, Heaven Kim.

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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