Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Google talking about HTML 5 and the Mobile Web

Category: Google, Mobile

The Google Mobile folks talked about the new Gmail Mobile launch that uses HTML 5 technology to speed up the experience, and work offline.

On the developer side of the house we get to see a little teaser of what the team will be sharing with us:

Of course we didn’t get there without a few hard knocks. As an evolving standard, HTML5 has been fast-changing target and we’ve skinned our knees and bruised ourselves along the way. So rather than just deliver the fruit of all those bumps and scratches to end users in our own products, we decided we wanted to write a few blog posts to share what we’ve learned so that others can take advantage of HTML5 as well.

Great to see the mobile Web continue to merge as just One Web, and I look forward to hearing from the trenches on issues the team ran into, so we can learn from them.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:20 am

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I’m a big fan of Gmail mobile, but it’s not quite one web yet. Ever try loading gmail mobile in a desktop browser (even Safari)? I was hoping it would work on my Apple TV, for example, thinking it might be a fitting UI even on a much larger screen, but it didn’t render much better than the desktop.

Comment by peller — April 8, 2009

@peller: amusingly, I went and loaded it up in Safari, and was really impressed. I’m actually considering switching to that interface for my desktop, because it’s much simpler and cleaner. The only downside is I’d have to add local stylesheets to control the width for readability.

Comment by eyelidlessness — April 9, 2009

Oh, and for cursors. Obviously the cursors aren’t necessary for the iPhone, but it’s a shame they aren’t there for the desktop. I know they don’t intend its use on the desktop, but still, it’s just a couple style rules.

Comment by eyelidlessness — April 9, 2009

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