July 31, 2012

Google Updates Gmail iOS App

Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online

Google updated its Gmail iOS app today, adding improvements like smoother animations and scrolling.

The version 1.3 update of the Gmail app for Apple devices adds the ability to save picture attachments to the iOS photo library.

"We´ve made a bunch of under the hood changes to improve animation, scrolling, and responsiveness on the iPhone and iPod touch," Google said in a note about the update.

The company said that its users will notice that many events in the app are a bit faster and smoother as well.

"Buttons respond to presses a little more quickly, scrolling is smoother and new views transition faster," Google said.

In order to save pictures, Gmail users can now just touch and hold a photo in an email to save it to their library.

This is not the only update Google's popular mail service has seen this week. Yesterday, the company announced that it is merging its Google+ Hangouts video chat service with Gmail.

Users can now reach friends and family on the Google+ social network using Gmail on an Android or Apple smartphone.

“Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilize the power of Google´s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality,” Google wrote in a blog post about the new service.

It said that all Gmail users will now be able to chat with their Google+ friends, and talk with up to nine people at once. The feature rolled out yesterday, and will be completely integrated over the next coming weeks, which means another Gmail iOS app update could be coming soon.