Google updates Gmail for iPhone and Android

Google ups its Gmail game for Android and iPhone
Google ups its Gmail game for Android and iPhone

Google has announced another step towards making its Gmail experience as slick on the iPhone and Android phones as it is on the web.

The Iterative Web App (catchy) has brought two improvements to the Gmail mobile experience. The first is bringing keyboard shortcuts to its Android devices in the same fashion as its web application.

So pressing 'u' will send you to the inbox, and 'n' will move you on to a newer mail, thus making it easier to navigate the system.


Google says that it has "enabled keyboard shortcuts for Android-powered devices with a physical keyboard" with the new improvement... so, that would be just the one then, the T-Mobile G1. It's an interesting choice of phrase, and seriously points to the new HTC Android device with QWERTY keyboard that's rumoured to debut later this month.

Another new feature is faster address auto-completion, so when you begin typing in a friend's name (in the same manner as when you do so on the internet) it will flash up with a number of options.

Apparently it does this by reusing previously fetched matches in subsequent searches, according to Google's Blog. So, it basically remembers what you wrote.

Head on over to on your mobile and check it out for yourself if you're iPhone- or Android-enabled.

Via Google's Official Blog

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.