Gmail Mobile 2.0

Users of Google’s popular Gmail e-mail service now have access to an improved version of the service on mobile devices. The search giant on Thursday announce a “Mobile 2.0” version of Gmail designed for BlackBerry and other J2ME-supported smartphones. 

In a blog post announcing the news, Google software engineer Derek Phillips said a major focus of the new release was to make it faster and more reliable.

To that end, Google re-architected the client software, moving all the processing to the background, improved client-side caching and optimized various bottlenecks discovered in a code review of the first version.

The speed improvements include smoother scrolling. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) also said Mobile 2.0 eliminates a problem with the screen freezing.

New features include making it easier to switch between Gmail and Google Apps. You can also now save multiple e-mail drafts in your mobile phone and select which ones you want to send later.

For devices with a standard QWERTY layout keyboard, Gmail now offers users shortcut keys. For example, hit ‘z’ for undo, ‘k’ to go to a newer conversation or ‘j’ to get to an earlier one.

I don’t have a BlackBerry so I don’t know about the platform, but do you like the new interface of Gmail Mobile 2.0?


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