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July 9, 2013

Gmail Build Info

Desktop apps are not the only ones that have version numbers, build information and various data that belongs in an "about" page. Web apps also have all of these, but usually only developers can see them.

Here's the build info displayed for the mobile Gmail web app in Chrome. It's probably helpful for debugging the app and only available internally.


"Build At: grapebot@grapebot-cbf-9.cbf.corp.google.com:/usr/local/google/grape/grapebot/runner1_1/superpudu-client_Piper/google3
CL: 49089810
Build Label Verbose: superpudu_130708.00_p0"

Apparently, Grapebot is a bot used to build the Gmail app, while Superpudu is the codename for the mobile Gmail app. There's a list of features that are enabled, including HIGH_RESOLUTION, ACCOUNT_SWITCHER, ADS, SETTINGS_REDESIGN and more. Ads in the mobile Gmail?

Here's the build info for the Android-optimized mobile Gmail:


As you can see, the list of features is slightly different. You can find: GLOW_BUTTONS, STICKY_MENUS, ANY_ZOOMER, DOODLES, WEB_ATTACHMENTS and more.

Here's the build info for iOS. Some new features: BIG_LEAP_PROMO, ATTACH_SINGLE_PHOTO, TWO_PANE_UI (for iPad).


{ Thanks, Florian K. }

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