The Gmail app was updated yesterday with three major new features:
- Push notifications – Sparrow doesn’t have them yet, but Gmail now does on both the iPhone and iPad. Notifications show up in Notification Center, as banners and pop-ups, and show up as badges, too. Tapping on a notification will also take you straight to a message, as expected, and the notifications come in very quickly. Beautiful.
- Send from other addresses – The desktop Gmail web app has been able to send from other e-mail addresses for a while, and now the iPhone and iPad can do that, too. This means that you can now use Gmail as your e-mail hub – just forward and register all of your other addresses (in the desktop app), and you’re all set to manage all of your e-mail from within Gmail.
- Better login – The Gmail app apparently signed you out after a while, but it no longer does this as of the latest version. I haven’t used this app in a while, so I didn’t even remember that this was an issue.
I’m a little iffy about the Gmail app’s load times on my 4S and iPad 2, but it still does a way better job of searching Gmail archives than Apple’s native app, so it’s worth keeping around – if only for that.
[via Gmail Blog]