Offline Browsing with the New Gmail Mobile 2.0
Article by George Norman
On 24 Oct 2008
Don't you just hate it when you lose your wireless connection or when something forces you to shut it off (for example when riding on a plane)? Thanks to the new Gmail for mobile 2.0, these days are soon to be over. Low signal areas are exactly what the software application has been designed for, and it even has basic offline support which should come in handy when you have to shut your wireless connection off.

Gmail mobile 2.0 will work with any J2ME handset, like the N95 from Nokia or Sony Ericsson's W910i, and BlackBerry devices. Google says that the main focus was to provide the day to day user with a more reliable and speedier mobile browsing experience. This translates into smoother browsing with no more frozen screens, as well as faster running applications.

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If you have more than one Gmail account, it is now possible to use the same application to access them. The issues with previous versions of this software was that you had to use one app to access your Gmail account, and a different app to access Google Apps for example.

On mobile handsets fitted with QWERTY keyboards you can also use shortcut keys, such as “z” for undo. Simply access the Help menu to find out more about all the shortcut keys that Gmail mobile 2.0 has to offer. You also have support for 35 different languages.

Now regarding the “basic offline support” feature that Gmail Mobile 2.0 offers, this works by allowing you to read your most recent messages as well as compose new ones, even though you are not connected to the net or for some reason you have no wi-fi signal. Just write the message you want to send out and it will be automatically sent when the wireless connection is reestablished.



Tags: Google, Gmail, Gmail Mobile
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