Google release Gmail 2.0 app update for iOS, bring new look and features

Posted on Dec 4 2012 - 1:36pm by Mike Wewerka

Google has released a new version of its iOS Gmail app, version 2.0, which now offers a completely new User Interface and features. Google said via their blog, that their team has been working on the new update for iOS for about 6 months, which just happens to coincide with time when Google purchased email application maker, Sparrow, who Google said would be put to work on their iOS effort. On their blog, Google’s Matthew Izatt said the following:

“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.

The app also adds many new time-saving features. For example, when you search, autocomplete predictions will appear as you type, shaving off precious seconds (and typos). Plus, you can RSVP to Google Calendar invites as well as +1 and comment on Google+ posts directly from the app.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve added a feature many of you have been waiting for: multiple account support. You can now login to up to five Google Accounts from the menu and switch between them with a couple taps.”

Perhaps one of the most exciting features would be in Izatt’s last paragraph, in which he mentions the addition of “multiple account support.” This is a big plus, as many of us have more than one email account for different types of services or companies. There’s also the addition of profile pictures, something that Sparrow implemented very well in both their OS X and iOS versions.

The update is free and is available now on the iOS App Store, if you already have the app downloaded, simply check your app updates in the App Store.