Up until now, you could sign into your Gmail accounts via the native iOS login with your email and password. For most people, this was enough but for power users, it had limited functionality. It did not sync contacts, you couldn’t delete emails (just archive them) and a few other limits. Today, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users can rejoice as Google finally answered the call and Gmail users have almost full access to their Gmail accounts via an app. Now you can:
- Get alerted to new messages with push notifications and sounds
- Find an email in seconds with search across you entire inbox
- Autocomplete email addresses from you Gmail contacts or select from your device’s address book
- Upload photos with a click using the new attachment button in compose view
- On iPad, navigate your inbox and read your mail simultaneously with split view
This is app is a free download in the App Store for any iOS device running iOS 4 or newer. I’m still waiting for Google to update the Google+ app as well but I guess this will do for now.
[UPDATE: Google pulled the app from the App Store due to notification bugs. No ETA on when it will be live again]