Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Google Brings Gmail to Mobile Phones

NewsFactor Network reports on Google's launch of Gmail Mobile, the wirelesss version of Gmail that allows users to "send and receive e-mail messages through a mobile phone." It is only available in the U.S. and supposedly only works with certain web-enabled handsets at this time, but the list is expected to expand.

IDC analyst David linsalata said, "Generally speaking, I think that this is a good move for Google and the industry as well. One key for future growth in the mobile market will be the integration of mobile services with preexisting services in other markets, for example the PC. The move also has the industry benefit of encouraging data use on mobile phones and introducing more consumers to the power of their mobile phone."

Linsalata pointed out the service doesn't solve the problem of writing long messages on a cell phone. He said, "Even though this service improves the display and connectivity issues, writing an entire e-mail on a standard keypad still a difficult endeavor and one area that needs to be improved as the industry moves forward."

The service works on my Audiovox SMT-5600 and looks pretty good. Now I can at least check Mobile Analyst Watch email while I'm out and about...