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If you’re an Android user, the two biggest things for you are most likely using are Gmail, and the Android market. However, if you’re living in China, these resources might not be at your disposal anymore. As you can see in the image below, the market.android.com website is blocked in Beijing, Shenzen, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang Province and Yunnan Province. This is not the first time that China has stripped its citizens of the Android Market. TNW reports that Chinese Android customers had been complaining of the same issue back in 2009. In addition to the Android Market, the following have…

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If you’re using Android, you probably have a Gmail account. Google’s wildly successful e-mail service has become an Internet staple – with Google essentially winning the online e-mail wars. Well, e-mail services while convenient for online browsing have a bit of a problem when it comes to actually having access to the messages on your phone when you need it. That’s why Google’s Gmail app for Android smartphones is another big success for the company. It’s still not perfect though, that’s why the big G has just updated the Gmail app and took the program up to version 2.3.5. There’s…

If you are lucky enough to have an Android device with Froyo on it already, then you are in luck. Google have updated Gmail independently from the Android OS to allow Froyo 2.2 based devices to download a new version. Unfortunately, if you are not running Android 2.2 then you will have to wait because this update does not include you. I am currently using a Samsung Galaxy S so I cannot try out this new upgrade. However, Google’s Mobile Blog had this to say on the matter; We just released a new version of the Gmail app in Android…

Google has released a new version of Gmail for Android (and iPhone).  The new app features faster auto-completion for addresses on all phones, and supports keyboard shortcuts on Android devices with a physical keyboard. So G1 users, you have keyboard shortcuts.  The rest of you?  You just get faster email address auto-completion only. Google did mention that it did a major overhaul on the base code for Gmail for Android/iPhone, and that the new version will be easier to extend and update in the future. Go to gmail.com with your phone’s browser to access the updated mail application.

It turns out that T-Mobile USA have delayed the roll out of Cupcake to the G1. Apparently, they are continuing to optimize Cupcake to ensure that it works perfectly and that the roll out is trouble free. Sitting over in the UK, I can confirm that many T-Mobile UK users are able to use Cupcake satisfactorily despite the fact that it is developed over in the USA. Why T-Mobile UK were able to distribute the update quicker than T-Mobile remains a mystery. Alas, I think we can rest assured knowing that very little optimization is going on and it is…

If you hadn’t noticed in our prior post that featured all of the new features in Android 1.5,  the guys at the official Google Mobile Blog are writing about the additional functionality offered by Android 1.5, such as allowing you to record and easily upload videos from your mobile device to YouTube. In addition to this, there are also updates supporting Picasa Web Albums, which allow you to upload photos directly, and also updates for Gmail, which now offers multiple-thread selection to easily archive, delete, label, or mute several threads at once. Finally, Google have improved their speech recognition facilities…

Back at the MWC during February we reported on Google’s demonstration of the up-and-coming Gmail application for mobile devices, specially Android based and the iPhone. Things have finally come to fruition for the search giant, who recently demonstrated a refined version of the software on the HTC Magic running Android at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last week and have now posted an official blog entry about the whole thing on the Google Mobile Blog. This neat little package allows Gmail users to access their email through increasingly streamlined means. As we reported back in February, the technology…

As I am sure you are aware, Android Authority has been reporting live from the MWC in Barcelona. Unfortunately, it is impossible to be in more than one place at the same time and we regrettably missed a presentation from Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering at Google. However, thanks to YouTube (video below) we can bring you the details nonetheless. In the presentation, Vic Gundotra demos a Gmail-esque web application using HTML 5 based standards. The point of the presentation was to demonstrate two things; offline Gmail and application ‘cross-over’, the latter of which Google claim to have never…

There’s an interesting post on the Google Mobile Blog explaining Android’s Gmail-based email and contacts system. It’s pretty long and detailed but the basic gist of it is that you don’t need to sync your contacts. Ever. The moment you use Android Gmail or Contacts, everything gets synced automatically to the Gmail server. Everything you send and receive, as well as everyone you know is automatically saved and accessible from anywhere you can access Gmail.com. This simple idea instantly makes traditional USB connection kits, driver installs, backup programs and PC syncing software look rather archaic. The downside to all this…

T-Mobile leaked some important details this morning for its G1 Android phone.  We are learning that the new device has no Microsoft Exchange support but does claim to have 3G connectivity, a 3 megapixel shooter, HVGA (480×320 pixel) touchscreen display, built-in GPS, and an expandable microSD slot able to handle up to 8GB.  Also missing video recording and stereo Bluetooth. Of course Google applications are on board such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Talk, and a YouTube app. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. [via TalkAndroid]