After a six-month redesign project, Google released version 2.0 of its iOS app to the App Store today. It features a redesigned inbox, flashier looks, more animations, and support for multiple accounts. Many users reported this morning errors when trying to update the app. The issue subsided by the afternoon.
Gmail’s new look appears to draw some inspiration from Sparrow, which Google purchased earlier this year. While the Sparrow app is still available, the Sparrow team now works for Google.
The additional features make Gmail a more solid option for replacing the default mail app on the iPhone. Calendar invites can now be handled as part of Google Calendar from within Gmail. Web links can also be opened on the iOS version of Chrome.
It is another step in Google’s soft invasion of iOS with its own services.
I found 2.0 to be slow at times, though some of this could have been caused by the flood of activity on Google’s servers.
The full changelog from iTunes lists the following:
- 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