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Google Goes Mobile; Launches Five Times Faster Access to Gmail on Devices

Java-based Gmail mobile client is live

"Google's mobile products are designed to enable people to quickly and easily get the information they want on the go," said Deep Nishar, Google's director of product management, as the Mountain View, CA-based search giant today announced the release of a freely downloadable Java application: Gmail for mobile devices.

"We realize the role mobile phones play as a key driver for balancing online and offline worlds," Nishar contnued, "and we're committed to developing products that help people stay connected when they're away from their computers. Gmail for mobile devices delivers on that commitment."

The freely downloadable Java application delivers Gmail users the look and feel of Gmail through a fast, feature-rich interface that's optimized for handheld devices.

"With the release of this client, Google is taking one more step toward its goal of providing users with quick and easy access to the information they need, when they need it," the company said in a statement.

Gmail users can of course already access their accounts through the browser on their mobile devices, but this app speeds things up (up to five times faster, says Google). It also requires fewer clicks and scrolling by the users to access their email.

Attachments, including files and photos, are now viewable and automatically resized to fit the user's phone.

The application is available completely free of charge from Google though carrier mobile data charges, the company notes, may still apply. It's currently compatible with all J2ME-enabled phones in the U.S. and works with a variety of carrier service plans.

To get started users can go to gmail.com/app from their mobile browser to download the app or, if they don't already have a Gmail account, they can sign up for an account via SMS by going to gmail.google.com and clicking on “sign up for Gmail.”

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