Google has released a version of Gmail designed for larger screen tablets, or in other words, the iPad.

"Here at Google we’re really excited about the promise of tablet computers, which will be great for browsing the web and using apps," says Google in a blog post. "We’ve been working hard to optimize our services for the new format - larger touchscreens, increased portability, and rich sensors."

Google, who is expecting an army of Gmailers to be buying an iPad on Saturday when they go on sale in the US, has created a dedicated version of the service that will automatically detect what device you are accessing Gmail from and change accordingly.

"We’re releasing an experimental user interface for the iPad built on the Gmail for mobile HTML5 web app that we launched last year for the iPhone and Android devices," says Google. "Those devices have large screens compared to other phones, and tablets like the iPad give us even more room to innovate."

Google says that to take advantage of the iPad’s large display, they’ve created a two-pane view with your list of conversations on the left and messages to the right.

As usual Google claims this is still a work in progress so welcomes ideas to make things better.

Getting an iPad? Let us know how you get on with the new look Gmail page.