Google on Friday during the Web 2.0 Expo a prototype of its mobile Gmail client locally. The application makes use of HTML 5, still in development version of the hypertext markup language.
Gmail demonstration on the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco was performed by Vic Gundotra, head of Google’s mobile division. The following mail application running on both an Apple iPhone as a Magic with the HTC Android OS, while using a local database and the use of html 5 e-mails in offline mode could be read. In addition, the application optimized for touch screen interfaces of both devices.
According Gundotra, Google ultimately wants to build versions of the browser instead of running separate applications, because in theory any mobile phone can be used. This would only be possible if large-scale mobile browser to support HTML 5. When the new Gmail application will be delivered, Gundotra would not say if reports Cnet. However, he loose that a large number of Google html 5-based applications in the wings is ready and that the search giant wants to take the lead in exploiting the new capabilities of HTML 5.
Gundotra was also during his keynote to voice webapps. Although the current Search application for the iPhone, among other far from a flawless voice, Gundotra suggested that rapid progress is being made and that voice applications actually be widely applicable. Thus, the accuracy of speech recognition algorithms in the previous quarter by 15 percent improved. Different accents would be better recognized, thanks to input from users.
The Google chief executive during his keynote was briefly questioned about the rumors that the search giant wants to incorporate Twitter. Although Gundotra refused to directly respond to whether Google actually wants to buy Twitter, implying he had a big fan of the micro-blogging site. Meanwhile, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, in a blog posting to say that his company is continuously busy with other parties, but that Twitter would become a profitable and independent company.