Posted November 2, 2006 9:56 am by with 6 comments

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Google’s hoping to encourage more people to access their Gmail account via their cell phone, with the launch of a new downloadable Java application.

The new software will work on any of the 300+ Java-enabled cell phones in the United States and promises to offer a better interface and easier access.

CNET reports

In addition to being faster, Gmail for Mobile Devices maintains Gmail functions like threading and search, and adds mobile-specific functionality such as the ability to press a button to make a call to someone who sent an e-mail. People can also view attachments, such as photos, in an optimized full-screen format.

You can see the full list of compatible phones here. To download, point your phone’s browser to

  • I’ve experimented with this app on my Treo 650 this morning. It works pretty well, though I had to do a little detective work to get the installation to work correctly.

    I think Google is on the right track in creating useful and easy-to-use smartphone apps. Google Maps is even better on the Treo. It is a perfect practical program that saves tons of clicks and time.

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  • Cool, glad it works on the 650. I’ll give it a shot.

  • No go. It didn’t work and then I found this… Note: The Gmail application doesn’t currently work with T-Mobile USA or BREW-based carriers (e.g. Verizon, Alltel, U.S. Cellular).

    My phone is on Verizon…oh well.

  • 2 big thumbs up from me on this program. I don’t do much email from my mobile, mainly because I don’t like a lot of the tools out there where I have to DL the mail. This looks like a nice break from the norm.

    It almost makes me want to take Google up on their offer to private label host my domains email.

  • HuLsH

    I also had problems on my phone SonyEricsson V800 but I solved it in the end. I can tell you that the app is great and very fast; it has that old Google look. Everything is great but if you have other accounts like Hotmail, or Yahoo mail you will have to install another mail app. I use Movamail for all of my mail accounts including Gmail.