Gmail updated: sleek UI, multiple accounts, search predictions, infinite scrolling

By , Dec 4, 2012

Google has just updated its Gmail iOS app with multiple account support, a way overdue feature which finally allows you to set up, use and switch between up to five different Google accounts with just a few taps.

Gmail version 2.0, a major overhaul, in addition to a much cleaner and sleeker look has learned a few useful new tricks, like infinite scrolling inbox, threaded conversations, profile pictures, search predictions and auto-complete contact names, to name a few.

But the list of enhancements doesn’t end there. Numerous new animations from swivels to transitions will dazzle you. Plus, you can now respond to Google Calendar invites inline, set up real-time notifications for new mail or take advantage of the interactive Google+ posts support to +1 and comment on Google+ posts inline. There’s also a new app icon and a redesigned welcome experience. Do any of these features ring a bell? Profile pictures? Multiple accounts? Threaded conversations?

Yup, seems Google made good on its promise to leverage May’s Sparrow acquisition towards improving the Gmail mobile experience. The search firm occasionally refreshes Sparrow with maintenance updates, like last month when the Sparrow app gained iPhone 5 and Passbook support

Let’s not forget about the new icon.

According to the official Gmail blog, six months ago the 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”.

Here, two more screenies from the iPhone version.


Multiple accounts on the left and profile pictures on the right

I for sure am happy about inline Google Calendar invites, seen below.


You can now respond to Google Calendar invites inline, right from the Gmail app.

Your full changelog, via iTunes release notes:

● switch between up to 5 accounts
● get notified of new mail fast, with notification center, badge and lock screen options
● search through all your mail quickly – now with predictions as you type
● see profile pictures as part of the conversation
● read your mail with threaded conversations
● auto-complete contact names as you type from your Google contacts or your phone
● respond to Google Calendar invites right from the app
● read and respond to interactive Google+ posts right from the app
● organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam
● send and receive attachments
● customize emails with custom scribbles

Gmail 2.0 supports all iOS form-factor devices natively and can be downloaded free right from the App Store.

And this is what the new Gmail for iPad experience looks like.

If you don’t see the new version in the App Store, just give it a little while longer.

Don’t worry, these things take time to propagate, the Gmail team tweeted.

You’re advised to updated, the new build is really awesome and elevates the experience up to the point where Gmail could easily become my default replacement for the stock iOS Mail app.

Let us know about your favorite features down in the comments.

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  • Guest

    “The item you tried to buy is no longer available”

    Message I see when trying to update

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      Use the direct App Store link from the article to open the item in desktop iTunes, then hit the Update button

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilkim.sezen İlkim Sezen

    I see the message: “The item you tried to buy is no longer available” when I try to update.

    • http://the-david.com/ David Christenson

      I got that too until I deleted my old version from iTunes, and then went back to the app store to download it.

  • Joseph Albanese

    Same here. Says no longer available

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Sooooo much better.. Now please update the YouTube app…

  • CollegiateLad

    No thanks.

  • http://archinect.com/ Paul P

    It doesn’t seem to be an issue of propogation, Christian, it seems that Google has pulled the app since it became available.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      No, they tweeted that the update is still rolling out on iTunes

  • Gus Me

    I’m downloading it right now.

  • MrShutEmDown

    Hopefully if you guys click this link it should work for you. Let me know https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gmail/id422689480?mt=8

  • Mahbub

    I want them to make it native for a faster experience in launching times

  • http://twitter.com/xcspear Andrew Spear

    I like it but wish the app would support other email accounts besides Gmail. I would rather just use one email app and Mail that one right now.

  • pedro

    no push, right?

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Any reason why should I pick this app over the default one? The latter supports almost all the popular mail services and provide push notification.

  • Eli N’horoth

    I Also had trouble updating. So Ii uninstalled the old version. Works like a charm

  • J M

    I really do like the app, works quick, clean, love the interface! However, without apple allowing push support, and without the ability for gmail to open my mail links, it is majorly crippled. Too bad Apple doesn’t permit those features yet…

  • 0xn1c

    Is not available for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/askeric Eric D. Brown

    TROUBLE DOWNLOADING THE NEW GMAIL APP’s UPDATE…..
    ——
    The new Gmail App is showing the “badge” that it needs to be updated in my iPhone’s App Store, but when I click on it, I get an “error” message:

    “The item you tried to buy is no longer available” [OK]

    HUH???? Anyone else getting this? I have had my Gmail App installed on my iPhone for a while – so this is unexpected. I was also able to update another App flawlessly – so, I know my connection is good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Leonardo/1031115435 Joe Leonardo

    Great app, unfortunately it still doesn’t give you full screen viewing. I’ll stick with apple mail until google corrects this obvious error.

  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    Love it! Smooth and fluent

  • M Last

    Google always sucks
    why?
    just try to copy some text of email that you received.

  • http://twitter.com/Coach_Emmett Coach E

    Replaced Sparrow with this, not perfect but moving in the right direction for my needs.