According to some research by Garett Rogers over at ZDnet, Google may be working on a new version of Gmail. He discovered some messages in the translation console that suggest they might be releasing something in the next few months. The message he found to be translated was “New version”, which, although Gmail already has a “New features!” message, which it uses, is something new in itself, since there has only been one version of Gmail. This sounds promising.
Along the same lines, the next day, he discovered a couple more messages that opened the path for speculation about new features. Two, “Gears is not installed” and “Disable Local Store”, hint at integration with the open-source Google Gears extension, allowing Gmail to be used offline. He also found a large message that contained a bunch of constants and message strings with values appearing to belong in a new feature that allows users to view activity on their account going on elsewhere. Strings include: “Last account activity”, “at IP”, “This account is open in”, “other locations”, “This account is currently being used in”, and “Details”. (I’ve omitted messages like “ ”.) These text snippets sound promising if they are indeed indicative of a new version of Gmail with new features like offline use and account activity monitoring. I’ll be watching for more news.