Gmail Mobile V2

In one of gmails blogs they announced the release of version 2 of their mobile application for gmail. I was very excited to try out the new features this had to offer

  • Multiple Accounts
  • Basic Off line usage
  • New short cut keys

At first I was very pleased with the cleaned up look and feel the added short cut keys making navigation much simpler on a mobile device with limited screen sizes and most phones lacking fully functional keyboards.

Just for the record I am currently using a Nokia 6300 wiki | gsmarena |nokia making use of edge data connection

At the start of this testing proccess the jar/application was +-256.8kb for a phone application this is quite chunky it is still with in the acceptable bounds for the maximum jar size my phone can handle +-1mb. To my surprise running the application for the first time brought up a loading while it attempted to download the other parts of the application such as images etc. (I do not know exactly what was downloaded with out going into further debugging/decompilation at this point in time I am sure that would breach their EULA) after this proccess the application had taken up +-400kb of my phones internal memory and I had to remove 2 of my previous application in order to make space for this “beast” of an application.

As part of the offline browsing of mail, Gmail has to cache the mail on the phone in order for it to available offline. Using some sort of format in the RMS(Record Management System) anyway phones have a limited amount of RMS data that can be stored per application. This is something that worries me currently my Gmail application is sitting at 830kb this is an exceptionally big for a mobile application.

For a mobile developer as my self I like to see things catered for the lowest (reasonable) common denominator. While using this new improved version of gmail I had to remove another application in order to make space for my ever growing Gmail one.

Benchmarks Questions

  1. Is there a limit to how much Gmail will try and store on my phone?
  2. Does the application ever check getSizeAvailable or getSize before trying to write to the RMS
  3. Will there be an option to turn off offline caching?
  4. How much data transfer is really saved by not reading from an http connection and reading from the RMS – Is the amount of kb’s saved worth the read/write access to my phones persistent storage

I would really like to revert to the older version of Gmail as I use this application often when I am not near a PC in order to check for important emails. The only issue with this I had to remove the old one to make space for V2 and they have since removed the option to download the legacy version.

Update:
I have reported this on the Gmail list archives here.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 Reviews

5 Comments to Gmail Mobile V2

  1. Hi,

    I’m in the same position as you are.
    I could’n even download GMobile v.2 – too big for my Nokia 6070.
    But, to make space for it, I had to remove the older version.
    Please, if you find any way to get back to the older version, let me know

  2. Gemma on November 3rd, 2008
  3. @Gemma: I would have assumed that with all googles resources that would have not over looked a simple issue like this.

    I understand that google has all the resources in the world at their disposal but I sadly do not. My phone isn’t even that old/outdated. It is certainly much better then the average USA users phone.

  4. drubin on November 3rd, 2008
  5. I downloaded and installed it on my Sony Ericsson P1i without any problems. It even seemed pretty cool until I wanted to read a message from my inbox. this does not happen all the time, but the error is: “Unexpected end of response; could not read in entire message”

  6. nuvolari on November 6th, 2008
  7. @nuvolari: That *would* be because of a gprs issue/or the gmail servers are not returning the correct values.This should be handled more un-obtrusively.

  8. drubin on November 6th, 2008
  9. i can see that most mobile phones today are equipped with cameras and stuffs .’.

  10. Neon Light on December 20th, 2010