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Google announces iPad-optimized GMail web app

Google has announced a new iPad-optimized version of its Gmail for Mobile HTML5 web app. Launched last year for the iPhone and Android platform, the GMail for mobile web app provides an optimized browsing experience on the iPhone and iPod touch and uses HTML5 to provide a native app-like experience in the web browser. For the iPad browser, Google has created a two-pane view to take advantage of the larger screen. In the new iPad web app, the list of messages and conversations appears on the left with detailed messages appearing on the right, similar to the iPad’s built-in Mail application. To access the new site, users merely need to visit gmail.com in their iPad web browser, and can also add a home screen icon for easier access in the same manner as on the iPhone and iPod touch. Google notes that its other web-based apps have not yet been specifically optimized for the iPad, but that it has evaluated the behaviour of each app using the iPad Simulator to serve the desktop or mobile user interfaces based on which user experience it thinks will be the best for iPad users.

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1

Wow, that’s ugly!

I want Google Earth for iPad!

Posted by jeffharris on April 5, 2010 at 5:57 PM (PDT)

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I used this on the iPad on launch day and found it to be very good. It was able to handle jpg attachments easily and the images looked beautiful on the iPad screen. That alone will keep me away from my iMac and out and about more. I admit I had a little anxiety attack when I could not find the SIGN OUT button. Why is it at the bottom left hand corner of the screen. That is probably the most unconventional location for a sign out button and took me several panicked moments to find it, since I was on a public computer. Other than that, cheers to the gmail team for having an iPad version ready to go on day 1. Gmail, the Keynote App, the Pages app and the Omnigraffle app really solidified my decision to get an iPad for myself also and not just for my wife, because I can get 90% of my work done with those items and a web browser.

Posted by Pat Lang on April 6, 2010 at 6:18 AM (PDT)

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