An attempt to stay at the top and innovate has pushed Google yet again and has made the competitors run for their money. Yes, you have read it right. Sniffing and snatching the bone right from under the nose has been the search engine’s playing area.

Keeping up with its latest shift in gears, Google released an update to the native Gmail app, available for iOS. A plethora of features has been added to the app, which include feasible and better management of multiple emails with the help of a new edit mode. Together with this, you can even swipe to move between messages, which is more practical. The latest app is present in the Apple App Store and enthusiasts can have a go and download it.

The latest feather in the cap is the addition of the swipe option and let me tell you that it works fine, just the way as the doctor ordered. On swiping to the left you have the access to view a new email, whereas a right swipe shifts you back to an older one. This viable experience is all the more easy as it helps to switch between emails without the hassle of having to statistically push back to the inbox.

For your convenience underlined is a snap-shot:

But, the feature that is noticeable and a luring one is the addition of the new edit mode. It is more convenient for you to label the same action on multiple messages, whether it is related to archiving, deletion, move, marking the message as read, muting, reporting it as spam, etc. Yes, you can multi-task amongst the messages present and go about saving your precious time.

Below, is a shot at how it stands. Before everything else, you have to select the multiple messages and expand the menu:

Before proceeding ahead, you should keep in mind that the cells turn “tappable” as soon as you check one box. Below is the sneak-peek at how the app looked previously:

On comparing with the previous version, you can notice that there was only an edit popup in the inbox, which covered a part of the last message on the screen. The edit mode has modified visibility, which means that the controls will take up less space and there’s more for the email in display.

Underlined is the official Gmail version 2.1 for iOS changelog:

  • Swipe left or right to move between messages without returning to the inbox.
  • Take action on multiple messages more quickly: Selecting a message in the inbox now enables edit mode. Once in edit mode, tap on messages to select them and then choose to archive, delete, or more, from the new actions bar. You may select Cancel at any time to leave edit mode.
  • And of course: performance improvements and bug fixes.

The update for Android though stole the limelight, a few days back. Nevertheless this update on iOS is as important and is a much needed one.