Google Goes HTML5: Demos Experimental Version of Gmail

by admin February 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, showed both a new mobile version of Gmail running on the iPhone and HTC Magic today, as well as a new mobile version of Google Maps running on the Palm Pre. The new mobile Gmail app, which Gundotra demoed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, makes extensive use of new features that are only available in HTML5. Among these new Gmail features were offline access, even in the browser, as well as support for labels.

Offline Gmail in the Browser

The mobile version of Google Maps on the Pre only made a short appearance, and it didn’t look like it really featured anything new, but the experimental version of Gmail looked very impressive. Besides adding support for labels, the most interesting new feature (if Google ever releases this version) was offline access.

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