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The new iPhone Gmail and Google Voice, how awesome?

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Everyone knows how much I love Google, and mostly that is because they often give extra special attention to iPhone users, with lots of their services being Optimized for the iPhone. (Except when it comes to Google Latitude – coming soon to iPhone indeed!).

In fact, Google launched a specific Gmail interface just for iPhone users back in January 2008 (which somehow we missed to report because we were too excited about iGoogle for the iPhone – if only we’d known how that would end.)

Well, in that vein, they’ve done it again, completely revamping Gmail for iPhone and not only giving it a sleek new look, but also adding a lot of useful features. Here’s the new look:

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There are a few new features you’ll see right off the bat, like the Floaty Navigation bar, but by far the most impressive new feature is it’s offline support. When you visit gmail.com in your browser it now uses database storage to save your messages on your iPhone itself. Which not only improves loading times, but this means you can Star, Archive, and even write messages while offline and Gmail will update once you’re connected again. For someone who doesn’t use Mobile Data at all (hem, hem, Me.) this is a big deal.

Now, the only caveat is that you do need to be running at least 2.2.1 for this update to work. I know there are a few people out there waiting to upgrade their firmware until 3.0 is available, but this new Gmail feature might make you think about grabbing 2.2.1 before 3.0 is out this summer.

Another thing I wanted to mention since we’re talking about Google, is an article that I’ve seen floating around about Google Voice coming to the iPhone, in App Form, shortly.

For some reason up until this news broke I had been blissfully unaware of the Google Voice (formerly Grand Central) service and so did a little read-up on the official Google Voice Page. Although there are many, many awesome features to this service the one that particularly jumped out at me was this: Voicemail Transcripts.

Sound like something we’re already familiar with? Yeah, that’s basically Visual Voicemail. The reason why this popped out among all the other cool features is because, as a unlocked iPhone user, VV is the ONE functionality that I’ve been missing from my iPhone, o’ these long years. So as amazing as Google Voice would be for all iPhone users, I think that the unlocked population will be extra-specially excited, I know I am.

[Update: My apologies for insinuating that Visual Voicemail and Voicemail Transcripts were the same thing. Indeed, they are not. Obviously Voicemail Transcripts is a whole lot cooler than just having notification of your voicemails, so everyone should be excited about this feature, not just unlocked iPhone users.]

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  • A-man

    VVM does not equal VM transcripts…

    Dunno where you got that from

  • A-man

    VVM does not equal VM transcripts…

    Dunno where you got that from

  • Justin

    Thing is if I want my iPhone to remain unlock, I can’t upgrade to 2.2.1 šŸ™

  • Justin

    Thing is if I want my iPhone to remain unlock, I can’t upgrade to 2.2.1 šŸ™

  • Justin

    Thing is if I want my iPhone to remain unlock, I can’t upgrade to 2.2.1 šŸ™

  • A-man

    You can upgrade with a custom firmware. It will stay unlocked then.
    Go to the dev team blog (google is your friend)

  • A-man

    You can upgrade with a custom firmware. It will stay unlocked then.
    Go to the dev team blog (google is your friend)

  • A-man

    You can upgrade with a custom firmware. It will stay unlocked then.
    Go to the dev team blog (google is your friend)

  • Anonymous

    @justin um…yea you can…

  • Anonymous

    @justin um…yea you can…

  • @justin um…yea you can…

  • ChantelleJoy
  • ChantelleJoy
  • paskos

    one little correction, voicemail transcription is not the same thing as visual voicemail.
    Voicemail transcription is when your audio voicemails are transcribed into text you instead of listening to your voicemails you read them.

  • paskos

    one little correction, voicemail transcription is not the same thing as visual voicemail.
    Voicemail transcription is when your audio voicemails are transcribed into text you instead of listening to your voicemails you read them.

  • paskos

    one little correction, voicemail transcription is not the same thing as visual voicemail.
    Voicemail transcription is when your audio voicemails are transcribed into text you instead of listening to your voicemails you read them.

  • Guest

    I like the layout, looks good šŸ˜‰

  • Guest

    I like the layout, looks good šŸ˜‰

  • Dusty

    I like the layout, looks good šŸ˜‰

  • Tom

    I don’t know why anyone would wait for 3.0 because 2.2.1 is so far superior to 2.2. Safari is actually usable now because it’s stable finally

  • Tom

    I don’t know why anyone would wait for 3.0 because 2.2.1 is so far superior to 2.2. Safari is actually usable now because it’s stable finally

  • _Shorty

    Telus Visual Voice Mail is what is being referred to. It sends you a text message containing a transcription of your voicemail. Yes, the name is similar to Visual Voicemail on the iPhone, which is competely unrelated in function.

  • _Shorty

    Telus Visual Voice Mail is what is being referred to. It sends you a text message containing a transcription of your voicemail. Yes, the name is similar to Visual Voicemail on the iPhone, which is competely unrelated in function.

  • Alan

    Everyone is “gushing” over the new Gmail on iPhone interface. At first, I thought it was terrific, but it appears to be bug-ridden. Large emails do not display correctly, and many users are complaining that graphics do not render correctly and are replaced with a box containing a question mark.

    The new version has a link at the bottom which allows you to revert back to the older version. Doing so corrects these issues. That means something is wrong with this wonderful new interface. I suspect Google will fix this quickly, but it has been 3 days now and still no fix. Why are those who are blogging about this topic not noticing or commenting on the bugs? Do you not test the interface before writing about it?

  • Alan

    Everyone is “gushing” over the new Gmail on iPhone interface. At first, I thought it was terrific, but it appears to be bug-ridden. Large emails do not display correctly, and many users are complaining that graphics do not render correctly and are replaced with a box containing a question mark.

    The new version has a link at the bottom which allows you to revert back to the older version. Doing so corrects these issues. That means something is wrong with this wonderful new interface. I suspect Google will fix this quickly, but it has been 3 days now and still no fix. Why are those who are blogging about this topic not noticing or commenting on the bugs? Do you not test the interface before writing about it?

  • Rey

    But Pwnage Tool has only the Mac update…if we’re only using PC, we can only use the QuickPwn update, right?

  • Rey

    But Pwnage Tool has only the Mac update…if we’re only using PC, we can only use the QuickPwn update, right?

  • ReyT

    But the Pwnage Tool update is only for Mac…if I’m using PC, I can only use the QuickPwn update, right?

  • Rey

    But the Pwnage Tool update is only for Mac…if I’m using PC, I can only use the QuickPwn update, right?

  • ChantelleJoy

    Whoopsy, yes. (which I think we can all agree is even better</i!) šŸ™‚

  • ChantelleJoy

    Whoopsy, yes. (which I think we can all agree is even better</i!) šŸ™‚

  • ChantelleJoy

    Whoopsy, yes. (which I think we can all agree is even better</i!) šŸ™‚

  • ChantelleJoy

    Yes, you should use QuickPwn if you’re on a PC

  • ChantelleJoy

    Yes, you should use QuickPwn if you’re on a PC

  • ChantelleJoy

    Alan, I did test it out briefly but did not find any bugs at the time. Thanks for adding your comments about the specific problems you’ve found – that’s why I hope people will read the comments in addition to the articles, because our readers have great insights.

    And I agree that hopefully Google will fix the problems soon!

  • ChantelleJoy

    Alan, I did test it out briefly but did not find any bugs at the time. Thanks for adding your comments about the specific problems you’ve found – that’s why I hope people will read the comments in addition to the articles, because our readers have great insights.

    And I agree that hopefully Google will fix the problems soon!

  • ChantelleJoy

    Alan, I did test it out briefly but did not find any bugs at the time. Thanks for adding your comments about the specific problems you’ve found – that’s why I hope people will read the comments in addition to the articles, because our readers have great insights.

    And I agree that hopefully Google will fix the problems soon!

  • ashley

    yes use quickpwn on windows.
    it’s super easy!

    good luck!

  • ashley

    yes use quickpwn on windows.
    it’s super easy!

    good luck!

  • ashley

    yes use quickpwn on windows.
    it’s super easy!

    good luck!

  • abby

    good post

  • abby

    good post

  • abby

    good post

  • abby

    nice

  • abby

    nice

  • abby

    nice

  • Alan

    thanks for your response. In Gmail’s Google Group for the iPhone version, many others are posting similar bug reports. Looks like this is a problem afterall.

  • Alan

    thanks for your response. In Gmail’s Google Group for the iPhone version, many others are posting similar bug reports. Looks like this is a problem afterall.

  • Alan

    thanks for your response. In Gmail’s Google Group for the iPhone version, many others are posting similar bug reports. Looks like this is a problem afterall.

  • hmmm Google Voice is really only available for the US and it's currently on invite only. Since this is a Canadian site I thought that should be mentioned. Unless I've been given wrong information.

  • hmmm Google Voice is really only available for the US and it's currently on invite only. Since this is a Canadian site I thought that should be mentioned. Unless I've been given wrong information.

  • stubble1

    is it possible to get an invite to gv mobile?
    can anyone help me out there? pplease? šŸ˜‰
    thank you in advance for considering.
    -s

  • stubble1

    is it possible to get an invite to gv mobile?
    can anyone help me out there? pplease? šŸ˜‰
    thank you in advance for considering.
    -s

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