Google has released a new Web-based version of Gmail that gives iPhone and Android phone users a more sophisticated version of the online e-mail service, including access to messages that’s faster and that works even when offline.
One chief improvement touted by Google is the ability to archive or delete multiple messages at a time. Using what Google calls a “floaty bar” that follows inside the active screen you can select multiple messages for one-click archiving or deleting. (see the YouTube video below demonstrating the new features).
On the cosmetic front, Google has given Gmail for iPhone and Android a mini-facelift, improving the look and ease of use of the application’s buttons. This, Google says, allows the mobile version of Gmail to more closely mimic what you see on your desktop.
Google credits the improvements to Gmail for the iPhone and Android to new HTML5 and Gears technology that it says help it more aggressively cache data.
It supports the iPhone and iPod Touch with OS 2.2.1 or above. Those with older firmware will be directed to the previous Gmail for mobile. All Android phones are supported.
It is currently only available in English, and is rolling out throughout the day, so check back if you don’t see it immediately, McKinley wrote.