Ronny Lam

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The Gmail App for iPhone and iPad: Version 2.0

Yesterday I was very negative about the Google+ iOS app, but today Google surprised me in a positive way:

Six months ago, our team set out to completely rebuild the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad to give you you a faster, sleeker, and easier experience on iOS. The result? Version 2.0. With version 2.0 of the app, you’ll get a totally new look and feel, plus a bunch of improvements like profile pictures in messages, numerous new animations from swivels to transitions and infinite scrolling in the message lists. Last, but certainly not least, we’ve added a feature many of you have been waiting for: multiple account support. You can now login to up to five Google Accounts from the menu and switch between them with a couple taps.

Gmail iPad

The first impression is very good. I even de-activated my mail.app to fully use the Gmail-app. The design is sleek and every feature I need is there. Push notifications, which are very important to me, work great. The biggest caveat of the older versions, besides push, was multiple account support. That one has been solved. I am afraid I am going to miss the unified in mail.app, but I will give it a try. Switching between account is horrible and requires 3 taps, too much. And when you are busy in one account, you miss incoming notifications of the other accounts, which requires a minimum of two taps to see you missed something. It seems multiple account support still needs some shaping.

But again, first impression is still good, besides the minors. I will give this app a good try with mail.app de-activated. I’ll keep you posted.