According to the official announcement on the Google Mobile Blog, this new version was designed with a focus on speed, as well as on reliability. The new mail client now has all the processing pushed to the background, the client-side caching scheme has been improved, while “optimization” was the key word for the entire code.
Basically, this is translated into a list of features, available down below:
– Overall performance improvement: You should experience significant raw speed improvement, smoother scrolling, and no freezing.
– Multiple accounts management: If you have both a Gmail and Google Apps email account, you can easily switch between them quickly. You will no longer have to use two different mobile apps to access personal and work emails.
– Multiple mobile email drafts: You can save multiple email drafts in your mobile phone, so that you can pick and choose what you would like to send later.
– Powerful shortcut keys: If you have a QWERTY phone, you can use shortcut keys. Hit ‘z’ to undo, ‘k’ to go to a newer conversation, and ‘j’ to go to an older conversation. See Menu/Help in the app for more shortcuts.
– Basic offline support: Can’t get a signal? Not a problem. You can compose and read your most recent emails even when there is no signal. Also, any outgoing messages will be saved in the outbox on your phone and sent automatically when you’re back in coverage.
Gmail for mobile 2.0 is available in over 35 languages. Users willing to try out the new version should pay a visit to m.google.com/mail.