Gmail web app goes iPad optimized!


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Google continues to lead the pack when it comes to web apps, so we're not surprised to see them announce an experimental Gmail site up and optimized in time for the iPad release.

We’re releasing an experimental user interface for the iPad built on the Gmail for mobile HTML5 web app that we launched last year for the iPhone and Android devices. Those devices have large screens compared to other phones, and tablets like the iPad give us even more room to innovate. To take advantage of the iPad’s large display, we’ve created a two-pane view with your list of conversations on the left and messages to the right.

Some other Google web apps will present iPad-optimized versions, while a few will retain their desktop look. Google fired up their iPhone 3.2 SDK for iPad simulator, checked things out, and decided what worked best.

When you get your iPad give it a shot and let us know how they did!

[Google via MacRumors]

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  • It looks nice
  • I'd rather pay $100/year and get MobileME with the same amount of spam protection than have some Google employee reading all my email.
    Oh, wait...I already do that!
  • i would like to see an option to see preview horizontally as well.
  • sobbing Why doesn't the native app look like this?!
  • oh boy here comes the tin foil hats about Google reading your email from you UNINTERESTING lives. rolls eyes
  • Is it just me, or does the UI seem to be almost identical to the native email client on the iPad? Which begs the question; does Google ever do anything creative? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's great, but I just think it would have been more interesting had they come with something a little more interesting.
  • Nicely done, Google.
  • As usual. Apps domain users are left out. Got my iPad this morning and my apps domain account doesn't look like this but regular gmail does.