Google plans to improve access to Gmail-using mobile phones with an application that enhances its performance and interface on mobile devices.

It will launch a new downloadable application for Java-enabled mobile devices that acts as a client for Gmail, letting users read, create, delete, search, send and receive email messages.

People have been able to tap into their Gmail accounts from mobile browsers for months, but this new application will provide faster access to messages and a more intuitive and feature-rich user interface, Google officials said.

The move is the latest by a major provider of online services to enhance its offerings in mobile devices, considered one of the next big internet frontiers. With improvements in handset technology and mobile data access, companies like Google are trying to move fast to replicate the popularity of desktop-based services in mobile phones and other similar devices.

The Gmail application will also allow users to open attached files like photos and documents in a way that is properly formatted for the mobile display.

All actions users take in the mobile application are synchronised with the server, so that when users access Gmail using a computer, the changes are reflected.

Unlike Gmail version, this application displays no ads along with the messages and isn't integrated with the Google Talk instant messaging service.

For now, the application is available in English for the US, but there are plans to launch it abroad soon.

Google has also translated the private-label email, instant messaging, telephony and calendaring services it offers website operators into 17 new languages: British English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, traditional Chinese and Turkish.