Carlos Carrasco

Exploring the limits of procrastination.

Gmail Mobile 2.0: Goodbye Refresh Button

Gmail for mobile 2.0 is out. I’ve been an avid user of the 1.x version for years and here is my quick review:

The Good:

  • Multiple account support, including Gmail for Domains support.
  • Limited offline mode.

The Bad:

  • The “Refresh” softkey is gone, replaced by a “Hide” one. “Refresh” is now a menu option and it apparently has no key shortcut. Thanks but no thanks. Most multitasking phones nowadays feature a dedicated “Home” or “Menu” key of some sort that hides the application. It would be fine to hide “Refresh” away in the menu if the application had push synchronization but that’s not the case (not that it could anyway, long-lived push on J2ME is impossible on almost every phone. That’s why “Refresh” should be in a easy, visible shortcut and not in the menu.)

I’m keeping this version for the multiple account support but I hope Google brings back the “Refresh” softkey or at least maps a key shortcut to it. Right now “Hide” is completely useless on my Nokia E61.