Google has released a retooled version of its wildly popular browser-based e-mail client, Gmail, aimed at making the user experience unique for early adopters of Apple's iPad. This eleventh hour addition to iPad should help to quiet the rumored Apple vs. Google war, at least for the moment.
The "experimental user interface" for Gmail is based on the HTML5 Web (HyperText Markup Language) application that was released last year for both iPhone and Android devices. Google has designed a two-pane, iPad-specific view that splits conversations to the left, and active email messages on the right.
"We’re releasing an experimental user interface for the iPad built on the Gmail for mobile HTML5 web app that we launched last year for the iPhone and Android devices. Those devices have large screens compared to other phones, and tablets like the iPad give us even more room to innovate." Google Mobile Product Manager Punit Soni wrote on the company's official Mobile Blog.
The newly revised iPad layout was created by Google to optimize use of the 9.7-inch display on Apple's magical and revolutionary device launching in the U.S. on April 3rd.
In addition, Google also announced that a new version of their Maps app was also created for iPad, featuring high-resolution satellite and Street View imagery along with a new terrain view. The Maps app will allow users to search for local businesses and get directions as well.
"As this interface is experimental, expect changes as we continue to develop and optimize." Punit Soni wrote.