Google today is releasing a pretty big update to its Gmail app that on top of introducing tweaked visuals for iOS 7 also includes a handful of new features for iPad.

The iPhone app appears to have received a few tweaks including a slightly redesigned side navigation bar, but the majority of the UI changes are most noticeable in the iPad app. It receives a slimmed down navigation bar on the left that lets users switch between accounts and inboxes in landscape view, as well as new full-screen moss for messages in portrait an composing new emails. Google also says the updated iPad app includes “better scrolling.”

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.

Version 2.7182 of the Gmail iOS app is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 2.7182

iPhone & iPad: Visual update for iOS 7

iPad: Major Update
- New navigation bar to switch between categories and accounts in landscape
- Full screen view of your messages in portrait
- Better scrolling
- Compose new messages in full screen

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2 Responses to “Gmail iOS app updated with iOS 7 design tweaks, full-screen compose on iPad, & more”

  1. The funny thing is that they added background sync – but for some reason mail is not fetched after push notification. So, looks like it is senseless.