Gmail gets full screen view on iPad and more iOS 7 goodies

Gmail 2.7182 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Boom, Google has just updated its Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad with additional iOS 7-specific user interface tweaks and a brand new iPad full-screen view for the message compose sheet and message list in portrait. You’re also going to dig a slimmed down navigation bar in landscape which you can use to quickly switch between inboxes and accounts. Finally, Google says the updated software now includes “better scrolling” experience…

In case you haven’t seen the new icon yet…

Gmail 2.7182 for iOS (app icon, small)

Check out the new full-screen view on iPad.

Gmail 2.7182 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

On the iPhone and iPod touch devices, the app appears to have received only minor “visual update for iOS 7”.

Unfortunately, Gmail on iOS 7 devices is still stuck with the old keyboard.

And here’s your changelog:

iPhone & iPad: Visual update for iOS 7

iPad: Major Update
– New navigation bar to switch between categories and accounts in landscape
– Full screen view of your messages in portrait
– Better scrolling
– Compose new messages in full screen

In other Google news, the search giant earlier this week said Gmail users on the web can now save attachments directly to Google Drive without ever leaving the web interface. This makes it easy to access attached documents later from whatever device you happen to be on.

To save attachments to Google Drive, click the Drive button that appears when you hover over the preview, as pictured below.


“The next time you open an email with attachments, you’ll see new previews of the files at the bottom of the email, from photos and videos to spreadsheets and PDFs,” reads the team’s blog post.

Gmail is a free download from the App Store.

The software supports all form-factor iDevices natively and requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 6.0 or later (it’s optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c’s taller screen).

What’s your favorite iOS email client?