I more or less live in Google’s Gmail service, so I’m delighted to see that Google engineers have juiced up the mobile version with a Java applet. But here is the problem: Said applet doesn’t get recognized on my phone, for reasons that require me to descend into geekspeak, which I will do, apologetically, in the following paragraph.,
I apparently need a JVM to run the applet, as there is not one installed on my device. And the JVM that is available for a Treo 700p (my phone thingie) is the Websphere JVM for IBM. The trouble is, it’s a pain to install; sorta implies in the docs that it doesn’t support the 700p; and even once installed (okay, I think I have it installed) still cheerfully ignores the now-downloaded Gmail Java add-in.
Anyone out there wise in the ways of Treo JVMs want to set me straight, or am I in one of those “can’t get there from here” traps?
[Update] Okay, I got the darn thing to work. This was not for the technically faint of heart.
[Update2] Having now played with it a little, I’m not convined it’s materially better than the old Gmail mobile interface. They have changed the hotkeys, which is irritating, and some obvious things are not doable via hotkeys, like sending messages. Anyone have other views?