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Just as the iPad launched in early April, Google debuted an iPad-formatted version of its browser-based Gmail, using its HTML5-based mobile platform to create a two-column format similar to that used for Apple's Mail application on the device. At the time, the company noted that it was continuing to test features and interface designs, and a new change today offers proof of that continued tweaking.


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Building on top of the existing two-column Gmail interface on the iPad, Google has announced the launch of a new full-screen compose window that will pop up over the Gmail window, making it easier for users to write email messages on the tablet device.
When you write an email you’ll now get a big full screen compose window instead of splitting the screen between your inbox and the compose view. More text is visible at once and there are no more distractions with messages on the side. We’ve also fixed problems that prevented scrolling on long messages.
Google does note, however, that the new feature is available only in the US English language format for the time being.

The company also reports that it is still experimenting with the iPad form factor, and is thus continuing to solicit feedback and suggestions from users.

Article Link: Google Deploys Full-Screen Compose Window for iPad-Formatted Gmail
 

nwcs

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Personally, I prefer to access my gmail through imap in the mail client although I understand not everyone would do that.
 

atari1356

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Personally, I prefer to access my gmail through imap in the mail client although I understand not everyone would do that.

That's what I do as well. If I want to check my email, I'll use the mail app which houses all of my accounts.

Nice of Google to improve the user interface for those that do use the web based gmail though.
 

bnerd

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looks great.. but kinda pointless when iOS has a mail app built in.

I guess the browser version may have some extra features.
 

Small White Car

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Personally, I prefer to access my gmail through imap in the mail client although I understand not everyone would do that.

You're smarter than me. I don't understand people who like using g-mail's web-mail. I guess Google has to keep improving themselves to make those people happy, but man, I really don't get it.
 

amac4me

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This surely looks nice and will make the Gmail experience that much better on the iPad.
 

tivoboy

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makes sense

I don't care what the relationship is like, it TOTALLY MAKES SENSE for Goog to continue to try and create a conduit for their users to use their products all the while, trying to drive traffic to their search engine. goog search remains in there and I imagine they will put another link to it on the actual page.
 

mattwolfmatt

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The iOS Mail app can't archive, nor can it list messages in conversation threads. These are two reasons to use the web app over the iOS app.
 

KaneBaker

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You're smarter than me. I don't understand people who like using g-mail's web-mail. I guess Google has to keep improving themselves to make those people happy, but man, I really don't get it.

Well simple really, the web client offers more features than any mail client on the market does. When you use the mail client you give up a lot of gmail's features and dumb it down to regular mail.

This is comparing a full fledged browser version, not the iphone browser version, which is in fact simplified to work well on the interface.
So on the device you may as well use the mail app. You would still want to use the web version to set up the advanced options.
 

AriX

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Did this... really warrant a front page post? Jeez.

"OH MY GOD! GOOGLE NOW LETS YOU USE SLIGHTLY MORE SPACE WHEN COMPOSING EMAILS! ALERT THE MEDIA!"

The iOS Mail app can't archive, nor can it list messages in conversation threads. These are two reasons to use the web app over the iOS app.

4.0 will add both of these features when it arrives for the iPad this fall.
 

bretm

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Did this... really warrant a front page post? Jeez.

"OH MY GOD! GOOGLE NOW LETS YOU USE SLIGHTLY MORE SPACE WHEN COMPOSING EMAILS! ALERT THE MEDIA!"



4.0 will add both of these features when it arrives for the iPad this fall.

Will they add it to the .mac online mail service? They removed it with the crappy update. WTF Apple? Now I don't have threaded mail when I access from the internet. How is that an improvement?
 

Nebulance

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You're smarter than me. I don't understand people who like using g-mail's web-mail. I guess Google has to keep improving themselves to make those people happy, but man, I really don't get it.

the only reason why I use the gmail in Safari is because of the labels -- I like that you can drag them onto messages, it makes things very easy.

Unless -- can you do that in Mail, and I haven't noticed? I know you can label messages and even pre-sort them upon arrival, but what about drag & drop capabilities of labels?
 

Small White Car

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The iOS Mail app can't archive, nor can it list messages in conversation threads. These are two reasons to use the web app over the iOS app.

And the web-version can't not use conversation threads which is why I never use it.

Well simple really, the web client offers more features than any mail client on the market does. When you use the mail client you give up a lot of gmail's features and dumb it down to regular mail.

I kind of see it the other way around. When I'm forced to use g-mail online I'm "dumbed down" to having to use threads.

Unless -- can you do that in Mail, and I haven't noticed? I know you can label messages and even pre-sort them upon arrival, but what about drag & drop capabilities of labels?

No, Apple mail treats labels as folders. So you do it backwards. You'd drag a label to the mail online but you'd drag the mail to the folder on the Mac. I believe they sync this data back and forth so that if you create a folder in 'Mail' it shows up as a label on G-Mail. (I think...I've never really looked into this.)
 

Small White Car

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In iOS4 conversations are grouped together...

Have you been using it? This is something I'm worried about but haven't seen an answer for anywhere. Is it a feature you can turn on and off?

I really hate that g-mail doesn't give you the choice of how you want to view the mail, I'm hoping that Apple made it an option instead of forcing it on us.
 

ImageWrangler

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Great.... now can they finally work on Google Docs to work on the friggin' thing? If I could use Google Docs on my iPad I could be one step closer to MBP independence for 80% of the time.
 

spazzcat

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Have you been using it? This is something I'm worried about but haven't seen an answer for anywhere. Is it a feature you can turn on and off?

I really hate that g-mail doesn't give you the choice of how you want to view the mail, I'm hoping that Apple made it an option instead of forcing it on us.

I have been using it, and I think you can turn it off. I think its the organizeby tread setting.
 

tempusfugit

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iPad formatted gmail is great if more than one person uses the iPad a lot. the native mail app is great, and it's nice that there's a comparable web based client for gmail (or google apps) users.
 

velocityg4

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Hopefully Mozilla will make Thunderbird available with the Lightning plug-in. That is the best e-mail client I have ever used.

Well simple really, the web client offers more features than any mail client on the market does. When you use the mail client you give up a lot of gmail's features and dumb it down to regular mail.

This is comparing a full fledged browser version, not the iphone browser version, which is in fact simplified to work well on the interface.
So on the device you may as well use the mail app. You would still want to use the web version to set up the advanced options.

However with a mail client you can look at already downloaded messages if your internet connection is down or when none are available wherever you are at. You can also compose messages and have them ready to send once your connection is back online. Heck if you have an iPad 3G by using a client you will also also use up less of your monthly bandwidth on new AT&T 3G accounts rather than refreshing a browser page full of images.

Personally I have never been able to stand browser based email.
 
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