Update: Google released a new version of Gmail Mobile, and this new version does not work on the T-Mobile MDA with the JVM offered here. The old version of Gmail Mobile can be downloaded here, and I confirm that that version works.
Today, Google released Gmail Mobile and the application is AMAZING. It works on many phones without hassle. But some phones, like the T-Mobile MDA (HTC Wizard) require a little trickery. This post will show you how to get the app running perfectly.
Before I go any further, here’s the disclaimer: I make no guarantees that this will work for you. All I claim is that it worked for me!
The reason Gmail Mobile requires a little extra tinkering to get it to work on the MDA is that the MDA doesn’t come with a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The JVM is what allows you to install .jad files, and Gmail Mobile is a .jad file.
All you need are:
- Internet access, either through a data plan or through Wi-Fi
- ActiveSync and the USB cable
- 2 MB free space
Here is the 5-step process to get the JVM for the MDA and get the app running on your phone:
- I downloaded the JVM found here. Clicking on that link now gives me an error (550 Failed to change directory.) Luckily I didn’t delete the copy I downloaded after I installed it on my phone. I’ve uploaded it and you can download it here. It’s a .cab file.
- Use Active Sync to move the .cab file to your phone.
- Find the .cab file on your phone and click on it. Follow the instructions on your phone to install it.
- Soft restart your phone.
- Point your phone’s browser to http://www.gmail.com/app. Follow the instructions there.
That should do the trick. If you have any questions, post ’em in the comments and I’d be happy to help ya.
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Lastly, for those of you who are a little wary of this JVM and want to know more about where it came from, the site I originally got it from is called XDA-Developers. Check ’em out.