Google just announced in a Press Release the new Java application for mobile phones that makes it even easier to access you Gmail messages. This is great news because many people were complaining that it would take between 10 and 15 clicks just to get to your Inbox.
I especially like this feature because on my phone the Internet is pretty slow, probably worse than dial-up speed. Each click that I had to do just meant there was a longer delay and more of a headache until I was able to retrieve my messages. A large part of that delay will be solved by the pre-fetching mechanism which will start downloading your emails in the background while you browse through the application.
Here are some of the key features:
- 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
If you want to install the software on your phone you just have to point your phone’s browser to http://gmail.com/app and download the application. Despite the “it works on all phones” claim I’m sure there will be a few phones that have troubles with it installing/displaying correctly.