Google has demonstrated an ability to perform many functions and provide a multitude of services to users, even going so far as to organize their e-mail. Google’s Priority Inbox, an innovative way of of automatically highlighting important email messages, had only been available on PCs and Android smartphones, but is now making its way to a host of mobile browsers.
The service sort of acts like an inverse spam filter, as Gmail aggregates user information, such as which emails are read and replied to, and uses that information to determine which emails are likely to be most important to the user. These are then marked and sent to the Priority Inbox.
The service can also be corrected the same way as a spam filter, with options to mark messages as “more important” or “less important.” The service will learn from this input, and change its prioritization accordingly.
Priority Inbox has been available for PCs since August of last year, and became available on Android devices in December. Now Google has announced that the majority of mobile browsers with HTML5 support can take advantage of Priority Inbox. This would include devices running Android 1.5+ and iOS 3+.
To use this feature, all that’s necessary is access to Gmail from any web browser that supports HTML5.
However, mobile devices don’t quite have full Priority Inbox functionality yet, as the service must first be set up on a desktop, and the option to mark a message’s importance isn’t available in mobile browsers.
For more information on the Priority Mailbox service in general, check out the following animated video from Gmail outlining the features and purpose.