Google has updated their Gmail app with several handy (and overdue) features that could lure back previous users who’ve since jumped onto the Sparrow bandwagon. First and foremost is the full integration of iOS’ Notification Center, meaning you can finally setup banner, alert and lock screen notifications whenever new emails arrive into your inbox. According to Google, notifications are now “5x faster than in the previous version”. Also new is the “Send-as” feature, which gives users the ability to send emails with alternate email addresses. For this to work, you’ll first need to set it up in Gmail on your PC/Mac under Settings –> Accounts –> Send mail as, where you can add another email addy you own. Once configured, you’ll see a From: option when composing new messages right from within the app.
Finally, the update also brings about another improvement – “Persistent login”. This essential allows you to stay logged into the app indefinitely if you wish, providing users with the convenience of not having to enter their login details over and over again. Of course, you can still choose to sign out of your account manually if you’re more concerned about privacy and security.
The one big thing still missing from the Gmail app is still support for multiple accounts. Otherwise, it’s free and a worthy replacement of Apple’s own stock mail app (of course, assuming you use Gmail that is).
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● Receive notifications for new messages
● Read your mail with threaded conversations
● Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
● Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
● Auto-complete contact names as you type
● Send and receive attachments
● Search through all your mail