About a year ago, I decided I couldn’t take Apple’s native iOS Mail app anymore and I dumped it for the Gmail app, which has proven to be a much more amiable companion. I’ve always disagreed with the haters who say it’s an old-school relic.
That being said, I can certainly get on board with Gmail’s flossy new iOS update. The new Gmail is basically the same as the old Gmail but it’s prettier and faster. It’s amazing how a little nipping and tucking makes our relationship feel fresh and new again.
There is one seriously important change beyond the superficial. Google’s blessed “Undo” feature is now available on mobile.
The new app also allows users to swipe to archive emails and has much better search functionality. Gmail now predicts searches, like the desktop version, and queries load faster. The Gmail app’s navigation still mirrors what you have set up on your desktop — whether it’s a priority inbox with labels, the traditional inbox, or any other customization.
Many Gmail critics prefer Google’s other email app, called Inbox. It has stronger opinions about how to organize your email workflow, which I find off-putting. I like that Gmail gives me the freedom and space to make my own choices and with today’s update, it’s even easier to use. I think we’ll continue to be very happy together.