If you look at what's happening in the software development world, it's
pretty remarkable to see how the iPad
has shuffled things up. With any
new platform, some tweaks are made, but few happen this fast. There
were only a few months between the debut of the iPad and the launch of
it, yet many developers have already created new applications that take
advantage of the extra screen space. This rapid rate of development is
likely spurred by just how successful the App Store has been on the
iPhone and iPod touch, and many developers are seeing green at the
chance to charge even more for "HD" versions of these apps for the iPad.
is no different. The company has had their problems with Apple
over the past few months (remember that lawsuit against HTC
specifically calls out Android devices?), but Google still understands
just how important Apple devices are to their continued success. In
order to make Gmail more iPad compatible, Google has retooled Gmail and
how it renders when viewed on an iPad. The new web app (which requires
accessing it via Safari) is built on the Gmail for mobile HTML5 app,
but thanks to the extra screen space on Apple's new tablet, it's
different looking than the versions already out for Android and iPhone.
The iPad view of Gmail has a new two-pane view that places a list of
conversations on the left and messages on the right, which definitely
makes scrolling through your mail a lot easier. Have you tried it on
your new iPad? Google's admitting that this is still in beta, so drop
them a line if you see a bug.