Google has given its Gmail app for iPad a refresh, adding better multitasking credentials and giving it a new iOS 7-inspired look.
The biggest change made to the app is the inclusion of a new sidebar to the left-hand side of the app when the iPad is in landscape mode. The new menu includes Gmail's automatic filters, which sort mass marketing and social networking emails from personal ones. Furthermore, the menu also allows for the quick accessing of multiple Gmail accounts on one device.
In addition to user interface changes, the app now also boasts improved scrolling performance, according to Google software engineer Carmen Wilkinson, posting on the Google Enterprise blog.
Holding the device in portrait mode, users will see just the message threads without any other sidebar menus, making for a more "immersive" experience, she said. Users can also expect to get more room when writing emails, with full-screen composing getting a more spacious design.
Finally, the app has received visual tweaks to bring it in line with Apple's new iOS 7 design. Apple's efforts on iOS 7 have provoked mixed reactions from users, with wholesale changes not making for a smooth transition from iOS 6 to 7.
Google's latest update to its Gmail iPad app should make it more efficient, further underlining the gradual creep towards using tablets as standalone work devices, as technology buyers consolidate their media consumption and work lives onto a single machine.
Earlier this week, Google updated its web client for Gmail, adding new "action buttons" to allow users to perform web-based tasks without leaving their inbox.
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