Gmail gets wings, goes mobile

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  1. I also had problems — I installed it this morning on my Nokia E61 but got a Java.Lang error suggesting that the Nokia class libraries don’t support some function used by the program.

  2. now all they need to do is allow for pop3 (at least) retrieval from other accounts and they’ll be good to go for folks who don’t want multiple apps for mail on one phone (honestly, on a treo you can’t beat snappermail for ease of use)

  3. I agree with you dave. secondly there were some complaints about the nokia phone. i just checked it on E61, it worked just fine. the app, however, does open a new composition window, which kind of is lame.

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  5. the Java app downloaded flawlessly on the Nokia 9500 communicator but the design assumptions made for the app are a problem. The communicators have their menu buttons to the right of the screen. Not underneath.

    Om, I agree with your thinking on the use of mibiles. I have been arguing for some time that the cellphone is set to become the major influence over the evolution of the Internet. It will become the connectivity device of choice for many users.

  6. I wish that platforms would standardize more. I think it says something that a company like Google can’t get their apps to work on all phones. How are small companies going to be able to produce cool phone apps and get bought up by the big guys.

  7. Just installed on my blackberry. It’s very nice. I used to be a big user of their web based gmail on my mobile, so this is a great improvement. Looks like anyone trying to make money selling mobile email services to consumers is going to have a much tougher time with this app out there.

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  9. Om, you suggest GMail could become the one e-mail client a person needs. I’m a little behind on e-mail programs. I use Yahoo’s web-based e-mail, but find some annoyances. I would like to try GMail. Can anyone tell me if GMail will allow me to forward my yahoo address to it. And can anyone elaborate on exactly why GMail is supposedly the best e-mail. Thanks.

  10. Great app for Gmail users that want mobile access for their Gmail service. Consumers maintain 2-3 email accounts. A integrated solution that consolidates your email into one client is preferred when managing email from your little mobile phone. See Om’s previous article;
    http://gigaom.com/2006/02/06/turn-old-phone-into-a-smart-phone/

    In terms of compatibility, even the hottest new phones are not perfect and showing bugs when it comes to data services.

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  13. Okay, today the download did work, and, I have to admit, it DOES work nicer than the browser based mobile version. I’ll be reading more email on my phone now…

  14. “In fact, if Google ever got around to releasing a single app that combined Gmail, Gtalk and GCal, they might have an instant winner on their hands. Just, which despite limited device support, remains one of our favorite mobile apps.”

    Deeply, agree, actually not google but another application named Morange has put all these together, push mail, IM, calendar, virtual disk , Push RSs etc, etc, It ranked high in GetJar and so far the users love it, maybe you want to have a look

  15. In one word Great!
    I downloaded it to my Nokia E61, the app is designed to fit exactly into the phone window.
    I made a simple filter on my main PC email to send the important emails to a new account I opened for my Nokia, works great, updates fast and it is pretty easy to operate with shortkeys defined for the phone.
    Now lets see a Gtalk app for the Nokia!

  16. Om, can you explain why it seems like no one else besides Google has been able to make useful, network enabled J2ME apps? The mobile versions of GMail, Google Local, and Google Maps are all great. J2ME on the phone seems to be a no-brainer way to extend your online presence to mobile.

    Or maybe I’m just not looking in the right places?

  17. Great question Steve. My guess is it is primarily because they believe in the concept of less is more? it is good to see that they are sticking to that philosophy. also, they have this global engineering pool which might be the reason. i dont know.

    talking about great java applications, how about trying out movamail. it is brilliant. if i find more, i will be more than thrilled to share them with you.

  18. Interesting that you bring up the Yahoo!Go service. I had that on my Audiovox SMT-5600 and noticed several things. 1 it hogs memory to the extent that I had to restart the phone nearly daily. 2 it prevented outlook from polling my other accounts. It amounted to me not getting mail on my mobile from anything but Yahoo, and unstable Windows mobile 2003se. Since uninstalling that worthless app, I have not had another worry. On the other apps that seem to work well like this are opera mini a free java based webbrowser. at the very least it is quicker than IE, and at the worst it was free.

  19. I have been waiting for this to take place, and I cant wait to try it out, but the only thing that I don’t like with it is that you can’t watch your other accounts on Hotmail, Yahoo….
    I have one program that I use in that purposes called Movamail http://movamail.com/. Besides Multiple accounts it supports POP, IMAP, Webmail. So I think I’ll leave it on my phone next to GMail mobile

  20. the Gmail app DOES work on Nokia E61. BUT there is a very annoying problem, which I have seen on other Java apps on E61. Since the E61 has a full keyboard, sometimes the java program wants to use a phone numeric keyboard layout (where the letters have to be cycled through).

    so in gmail.app, the problem is weirdly only in the Send to contacts box, where it pulls up your contacts email address.

    e.g, I wan to send an email to my friend johnny@hotmail.com, so when I type in the letter j it doesnt work, I have to hit the number that on a normal phone would have the letter j on its key. REALLY ANNOYING. It’s a simple issue of the java program thinking it’s a Nokia device and guessing, wrongly, the configured keyboard for it.

    It’s still useable however…since I get a srever not found error when I try to send email from my normal client to the GMail smtp server

  21. Luke, I have the same problem with the keyboard not working as a QWERTY when you look for contacts 🙁 I also have the problem sending emails with the normal client 🙁

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