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Right on time: Just as I switched my Google-centric life from an Android tablet to the iPad Air, Google improves Gmail for iOS. The new features make it easier to compose and read mails in full screen and switch between multiple accounts.

Gmail for iOS on iPad

Google continues to improve its services on iOS: On Thursday, an updated version of Gmail for iOS launched, bringing improved navigation, full-screen email views in portrait mode for iPads and full screen email composing. Landscape mode, particularly on the iPad, gets better too, says Google in a blog post announcing the update:

“If you hold your iPad in landscape mode, you’ll immediately notice the new left hand navigation bar, which allows you to quickly switch between inbox categories, or between multiple accounts, with a single tap. To help you get through your email faster, you’ll also see a new message counter for each category. “

For folks using Gmail with multiple accounts, it’s now easier to switch: The left navigation bar shows a Google+ pic for each account; just tap to switch. And you can set notifications up at the account level to help better manage signal from noise. And as a workaround for setting default apps in iOS, Gmail has an option to use Google’s own apps as needed when appropriate links are tapped in an email: Think Google Maps, Google+, and Chrome, for example.

The timing of the update is uncanny. Just yesterday, I outlined why I sold my Nexus 7 and replaced it with an iPad Air. The main reason is that you can be a pretty happy Google-centric person on iOS devices. Google’s latest Gmail for iOS update confirms my personal decision as it brings the experience closer to that of Gmail on Android.

  1. The Sparrow-ization of Gmail continues…

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    1. What does ‘sparrow-ization’ mean?

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  2. How can I get the same interface for gmail on my ipad that i have on my MacBook Pro
    There is no tool bar or settings option in gmail on the new ipad air!!!

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