Despite recent, fairly significant updates to the Android Gmail application, the Google Mobile Blog still proclaims that “The mobile webapp version of Gmail (which you can get to by going to gmail.com in your browser) is the best way to get the most Gmail features on your iPhone or Android-powered device.” But the web app was only the best option for mobile users with phones set with English as the default language because the HTML5 Gmail displayed for them alone. Was.
Yesterday Google announced that they had added support to the Gmail web app for 44 new languages. Any Android phone or iOS device running 2.2.1 and up set to run one of these languages as default will automatically display the new HTML5 web app when gmail.com is loaded in the browser. New features include offline support, control over labels, and starring. The feature has been rolling out, so some of you may have noticed already.
Here are the new languages:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and American), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian (Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese (for both Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (for both Spain and South America), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu and Vietnamese.
And here’s a cute video from September Google embedded with the announcement: