Gmail iOS update brings Google apps integration, full screen image attachments

By , Aug 27, 2013

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Wow, you have to give it to Google for trying to take over the experience by creating a nice little ecosystem right inside Apple’s iOS.

See, the Internet giant has been quite diligent about integrating its popular iPhone and iPad apps to work seamlessly together.

Take Gmail, for example.

Not only has today’s update enabled a prettier attachment experience, but it’s also brought out tight integration with Google apps. This is quite handy as links in email messages to Google Drive and Google+ content can now go directly to Google’s native iOS apps, if installed…

The option to turn Google apps integration on and off can be found nested under the app’s settings interface. As for the improved attachment experience, you’ll notice how the thumbnails representing image attachments are now larger and therefore easier to spot.

Also new: tapping a thumbnail takes you to the full screen view.

Download the free Gmail iOS app from the App Store.

A number of other Google apps are already tightly integration on iOS.

For example, Chrome now opens certain links in the native YouTube and Maps apps. On top of that, both YouTube and the recently released AdSense app recently started supporting the unified account sign-in feature - with more to come soon, no doubt.

And topping it all off, last month Mountain View posted a Google Cast software development kit making it easy for iOS developers to control Google’s $35 Chromecast TV dongle from their own apps. Oh, and the official Chromecast iOS companion app just surfaced on the App Store this morning.

On a somewhat related note, the AdSense iOS software was also updated this morning with a few new features and improvements:

- More metrics. Now see the page views, clicks, page CTR, cost per click and page RPM as well as estimated earnings;
– Top Products report. Now you can easily see which products are generating your revenue: Content, Search, Mobile Apps…
– AdSense reporting timezone. The figures in the app will now respect your timezone setting, and match the Home tab on the AdSense website;
– Option to remove the alerts count from the icon badge;
– A few small bug fixes and UI polish.

This AdSense update is of course free.

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  • Casey H.

    I would love to use the GMail app but I just find it so sluggish to load and switch between accounts.

  • Linton Findlay

    Just needs merged mailbox now…

  • Research Rants

    Just needs the ability to turn off that damned threaded conversation view now,

  • seyss

    almsgiving

  • landryb06

    FYI, the update doesn’t break Push for Gmail from Cydia.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      You mean to say one of the worlds most popular email service still does not natively have push notifications? What an inferior product…

      • seyss

        it has.. dunno what that guy is saying

      • landryb06

        Push for Gmail enables push notifications for the stock iOS mail app.

      • seyss

        o ok

  • Vasilis 2

    actually u just showed us your face!! amazing

  • Amad

    More google apps you use less privacy you will get.

  • Jason

    Ok received the update but prior I had a print button next to any attachment to print directly from iPad or iPhone to google cloud print now that option is gone on the app but still there when I log in from mobile browser any help?