Today the Gmail app for iOS got a much needed update. I had been annoyed with the app and its inability to support multiple accounts, which is something I feel Google has done very well on other platforms. I have at least four email addresses that are run through Google Apps, and I can be signed into all of them at the same time on my HTC EVO 4G, HP TouchPad, or my computer. I couldn’t do that on my iPad, until today.
Multiple accounts is just one of many new features to be released in today’s update. The first thing you will notice after updating is that the icon has been changed, and that the redesign didn’t stop with that. There is a new welcome experience the first time you open the app, and after skipping that I found that the entire app had been redesigned, including the display of Google+ pictures for my contacts.
The search box is now much more functional, with predictions as you type. For example. this means I only have to type poc and then tap Pocketables to see all my Pocketables emails. The inbox will now infinitely scroll, which saves time when searching for that email from three weeks ago. And the last major change is the ability to respond to Google Calendar invites right from the email invitation. This saves that extra step of having to open up your calendar to accept invites.
Head on over to the App Store to download the newest version of Gmail, and let me know what you think of the redesign!
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