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If you look at what's happening in the software development world, it'spretty remarkable to see how the iPad has shuffled things up. With anynew platform, some tweaks are made, but few happen this fast. Therewere only a few months between the debut of the iPad and the launch ofit, yet many developers have already created new applications that takeadvantage of the extra screen space. This rapid rate of development islikely spurred by just how successful the App Store has been on theiPhone and iPod touch, and many developers are seeing green at thechance to charge even more for "HD" versions of these apps for the iPad.

Google is no different. The company has had their problems with Appleover the past few months (remember that lawsuit against HTC thatspecifically calls out Android devices?), but Google still understandsjust how important Apple devices are to their continued success. Inorder to make Gmail more iPad compatible, Google has retooled Gmail andhow it renders when viewed on an iPad. The new web app (which requiresaccessing 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'sdifferent 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 ofconversations on the left and messages on the right, which definitelymakes scrolling through your mail a lot easier. Have you tried it onyour new iPad? Google's admitting that this is still in beta, so dropthem a line if you see a bug.
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3vi1 replied on Sun, Apr 4 2010 6:42 PM

How about a four-pane HotHardware for widescreen monitors?  (grinning, ducking, and running!)

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For the IPad? Really?

Isn't this kinda like what they already had for the IPhone.

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Wonder when this Gmail version will come to my widescreen monitor ?...

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Apr 7 2010 11:09 AM

Knowing Apple thats probably the only way you can view it no customizations.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Apr 7 2010 4:48 PM

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Wonder when this Gmail version will come to my widescreen monitor ?...

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I don't know if you want it on your widescreen monitor, then you'd have a sidebar to your left and 2 panes to your right :P. That's obviously going to confuse a lot of people.

 

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