Google has just pushed out an incremental update to its native Gmail client for iOS. The new version brings three little nice-to-haves to your email arsenal, including the ability to send email messages from your alternate email addresses and stay logged in longer.

The biggest enhancements is the full support for iOS notifications, meaning you can now finally set up banners, alerts and lock screen options in Notification Center…

According to iTunes release notes, Gmail for iOS version 1.2.7812 features the following changes:

– notification Center support. Banners, alerts and lock screen notification options
– “send-as”. Alternate sender support, if configured within Gmail
– persistent login. Sessions no longer expire

Google wrote in a blog post that Gmail notifications on iOS devices are now up to five times faster than in the previous version.

If you have configured alternate sender addresses in Gmail’s web interface (Settings -> Accounts -> Send), you’ll see a From: option when composing new messages.

Another change involves the improved login process to keep you logged in for as long as you’d like. Previously, the app would automatically log you out after your session expired.

Gmail for iOS is a free download right from the App Store.

Do you use the native Gmail app on your iOS device or its web-based counterpart?

  • Other than the “Send As” feature, why would someone want to use this app instead of the native Mail app using an Exchange Account for push and syncing?

  • Mike Logan

    Maps updated in Beta 2?

  • Im seeing so many changes in iOS 6 beta 2, really coming together now

    • Falk M.

      wrong thread?
      (serious question, not trying to troll… wondering why this should be of relevance to the article)

      • Your right sorry, just realized that, thanks

      • Falk M.

        no problem. 🙂

  • Anoush Khan

    I use Sparrow. The Gmail app is just the web interface in a pretty wrapper and doesn’t play well with Gmail.

  • Sparrow 🙂

  • srikanth003

    Switched to Gmail app. Push notification is sufficient enough for me to make the move.
    Sadly neither sparrow (just bought on 0.99c sale) nor native mail (used for my work mail exchange acc) app has this..

    • Falk M.

      Native Mail does have Push. The fu?

    • Uhm… Native mail has had push since there has been push.

  • M Last

    really cool
    much better than Sparrow
    if you don’t believe me, just try it

  • jdshorrock

    So how does gmail get push notifications, but sparrow doesn’t? Good thing I only paid .99 for it. Gmail app it is for now until sparrow gets it together.

  • Can i set Gmail as my default email client if yes How ?

    • Mathieu

      You can’t.
      Steve Jobs has decided that you shall use the default Email app.
      And you should because it’s the only Email app on iOS that can run in the background to fetch new mail content.

  • I uses iPhone 4S and was unable to forward mails through desired account. Previously your were logged out when the session expires, this demerit has also overcome by this update. Approx all the features i required are updated in Gmail for iOS version 1.2.7812 app.

  • Wael Abdo

    they could wait another year or two to release that!!!!!