A new mobile Gmail experience for iPhone

Posted on Wednesday April 8th, 2009 / 10:32

Ταυτόχρονα με την κυκλοφορία του Google Mobile Web Calendar, είχαμε και την αναβάθμιση του Gmail for mobile!


Επιγραματικά, τα νέα χαρακτηριστικά του mobile Gmail είναι:

– Updated user interface
Faster to open messages
– Batch actions (archiving multiple messages at once)
– Basic offline support
– Utilizes HTML5 (and its offline storage APIs)

“Now, when you go to gmail.com from your iPhone browser, archiving email is quicker because it doesn’t require a response from a remote server. Instead, we cache mail on the device itself (using database storage on the iPhone). Actions like archiving or starring messages are first applied to this cache and then sent to Gmail servers in the background whenever a network connection is available. You only have to wait for a response from the server when you’re requesting an uncached message or list of messages. As a result, you can start-up Gmail even if you’re on a slow connection. You can even compose mail and open recently read messages while offline.”

“We made extensive use of other browser functions too: for example, the floaty bar that lets you archive, delete or apply more actions is animated via CSS transformations and controlled in part with touch events (when you scroll the screen, it follows you).The HTML5 canvas tag is used to render the progress spinner without the overhead of downloading animated GIFs to the device.Now that we’ve developed a framework for the new Gmail for mobile, we’re planning a whole lot more: faster performance, improved offline operation, new functionality, and interface enhancements that take advantage of the unique properties of smartphones.”

[Via gmailblog.blogspot.com]

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