Accessible GMail On Android — Eyes-Free Email On The Go
1 Accessible GMail On Android — Eyes-Free Email On The Go
I've been using Android as my primary smart phone since late 2008, and the level of email access I've had on Android in the past has always been a source of frustration. About a year ago, I first started accessing my email on Android with K9-Mail — that helped me bridge some of the accessibility gaps on the platform.
Over the last few months, our friends over in GMail Mobile have been adding accessibility support to the GMail client on Android. What is truly exciting is that this support is being added to existing releases of Android including Froyo (Android 2.2) and GingerBread (Android 2.3). This means that GMail on Android is now accessible on existing devices — get the update from Market and give it a spin.
1.1 Typical Usage Pattern
Here is my typical usage pattern when accessing my corporate email at Google. Note that the volume of email I receive on this account is extremely high, and includes many mailing lists that I typically do not read while on a mobile device. To limit how much email I download to the mobile device, and to ensure that I attend to the most pressing email messages while on the go I do the following:
- I have defined a GMail filter that assigns label to-mobile to messages I want to access when on the go.
- Typically, this includes email addressed directly to me, and other priority items.
- I launch GMail to open to this label.
- I quickly skim through the list of displayed messages to here the subject and a quick overview of the message.
- If I decide to read the complete message, I select that message via the trackball on my Nexus One to hear the message in its entirety.
- And finding an email thread I am looking for is just one click away — press the search button, and use up/down to navigate your search history.
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Date: 2011-08-10 Wed
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