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.
The Gmail team posted this their blog post this morning:
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
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:
Looks like the new Gmail app for iOS is still rolling out on iTunes.If you’re having trouble, try again later.
— Gmail (@gmail) December 4, 2012
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…
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.