Google has released an update of its Gmail service for iOS users on Wednesday. The latest version brings , meaning Gmail will download your email in the background even if it’s not open. Your inbox will be updated each time you launch the app.
Google added a support for Apple’s background refresh API in November 2013, but the feature wasn’t enabled for iPhone and iPad users. You can now access the feature, provided you are using iOS 7 device and ensure that background app refresh is activated.
Google has also simplified sign-in process in the updated app. You can easily access other services like Google Maps, Drive, YouTube and Chrome with your Gmail account. It means you don’t have to re-enter the password to sign in to other Google apps.
The sign-on process is convenient for the users who use Google’s 2-step verification system to keep their accounts safe. They don’t have to type a 27-character password into every single Google app once they are logged into one account. The default Mail app on iOS won’t allow you access Gmail folders, Gmail labels or save e-mail drafts.
The latest Gmail app is now available in the
and is available for the devices running on iOS 7.