Gmail for iOS Updated [Back in App Store]

Gmail for iOS was a solid start for Gmail users. It came with push notifications, a decent UI, and other nice touches. Unfortunately it lacked a few things, most importantly for many folks multiple account support, with today’s update Gmail for iOS has received an updated UI, infinite scrolling mailbox, and best of all multiple accounts. Enough to switch from default Mail app?

Important: There seem to be capacity issue or some other iTunes strangeness going on, so the update might appear for you now, if not hang tight.

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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. Via: Official Gmail blog

And the release notes have this to say:

What’s New in Version 2.0

  • Multiple account support
  • App redesigned with a new, cleaner look
  • Search predictions as you type
  • Infinite scrolling inbox
  • Respond to Google Calendar invites inline
  • Interactive Google+ posts support
  • New welcome experience iTunes link: Gmail

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From these and the screenshots provided the update looks great and I think I could ditch Mail app for it. The only thing keeping me from using it before was the lack of support for multiple accounts, I really needed that so I didn’t have to run two Mail apps to stay connected.

While Gmail for iOS is missing right now, Sparrow was also just updated, but without any release notes.

We’ll keep you posted on if Gmail for iOS comes back and how it looks hands on.


From the Gmail Twitter account:

Which makes it sound like a capacity issue on the iTunes side.

TechCrunch suggests in an update to their post that the issue might be that it’s a whole new app, and to download it fresh. However, if you’re seeing it as an update available that doesn’t logically follow. More to come…

Update 2:

Since I didn’t have Gmail on my iPad mini or iPhone 5 I could just find and download it directly, however when I tried on my iPad 4 the app didn’t show up at all. If you have Gmail installed on your device, try deleting it and re-adding it from the App Store.

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  • iMan

    available on the app store, now :)

    • Alan

      Yup, able to download it from the App Store now. It finally comes with multiple account support, now I can think of using it.

      • Tris Hussey

        Ditto. I’m setting it up on all my devices now.

  • jacob

    by khan hanan

    Apple didn’t pull the update… just made it difficult to get it.

    So here is the solution… don’t go through App Store Update.. seems that it’s a glitch in App Store.

    Search for gmail using the “Search Button”. If you already have Gmail installed, click the “update” button and it will ask for your password for App Store. once entered, it will download the Gmail Update. At least that’s what I just ended up doing and it seems to be installing the new update.

    • Tris Hussey

      Since I didn’t have it on any of my iOS devices, I just installed that way and got the update. Within iTunes on my Mac, however, it is still coming up not found.

  • jacob

    worked for me too

  • sudhakar

    I deleted and installed it worked

  • Buja

    Gmail on iPad Mini is nothing of a nuissance. GMAIL STAFF: LEARN FROM YAHOO! iPad has no real estate to fully cover a message content. In Yahoo, with a touch one can hide the left pane that takes 1/3 of the tablet. Voila!
    Gmail programmers are probably from a Microsoft world… definitely not from brain Apple guys.