Google has done a good job at updating most of its popular applications to take advantage of what iOS 7 has to offer, and that is continued today through the update to its Gmail application on iOS. In the new version of Gmail, which has the version number 3.0, Google has brought the iOS 7-only feature of Background App Refresh to Gmail, allowing the application to download emails in the background to they are “waiting for you” when you open the app. Here is the full change log:
What’s New in Version 3.0
Background app refresh: Gmail now fetches your mail even when it is not open so it will be waiting for you when you open the app. Requires iOS 7 and at least one type of notification (badge, alert, or banner) to be turned on.
Simplified sign-in: Signing into Google Apps such as Gmail, Maps, Drive and Chrome just got easier. Sign in to one, and you’ll be signed in to all automatically.
Note: In some cases, you may need to sign-in to Gmail again after this update.
Also integrated in the new version of Gmail is Google’s new simplified sign-in feature that allows you to sign in to one Google app and then, in turn, be signed into all Google apps on your device. It is a very neat feature, and is definitely making it a little more convenient for iOS users to jump on the Google train. Google has a great suite of apps on iOS, and often the new, big updates come to iPhone users before they do Android users (e.g. Maps, Gmail, etc).
What do you think? Are you a Gmail app user? Or do you use a different app (or the stock one) for email on your device? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.