Google Inc. on Thursday released software that lets users of its Gmail service more easily use the company's free e-mail offering from their mobile phones.

The free, downloadable Java program, Gmail for Mobile Devices, lets people with a Java-capable mobile device directly use Gmail without having to go through a Web browser.

Google says the software simplifies the process of using Gmail from a mobile device by speeding up access, incorporating features such as search and the "conversation" view, better emulating Gmail's look and feel, and automatically synchronizing mail.

The English-language program is available to people in any country but support is only offered for U.S. users.

Google does not charge anything to use the application but people using it may incur charges from their wireless carriers.

The program can be downloaded through a phone's Web browser.