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Beautiful Gmail 2.0 Released for iOS, Any Chance We See a Similar Build on Android?

The Gmail team announced version 2.0 of their iOS app today, which is available on both the iPad and iPhone immediately. The app itself, is beautiful. It features a left panel for multi-account support with profile pictures, easy-respond calendar items, and Google Now-styled conversations. In the three screenshots above, I would argue that this new iOS app looks much more like the web version of Gmail than the Android version does. It also matches up nicely to the styling of the Android Google+ and YouTube apps, that have slideout panels from the left and color accents.

We just received version 4.2.1 of Gmail yesterday, one that included a variety of new features, so I doubt that we’ll see anything close to this any time soon. But still, Google seems set on carrying the web-styling of their apps to mobile, so I can’t imagine we won’t see it ever.

What do you guys think? I’m a huge fan of this Google Now-esque app look.

Via:  Gmail Blog

  • Stoker

    I’m actually already tired of the flat rectanglish graphics and bright primary colors aesthetic, TBH. I blame Win8.

  • All GMail apps are basically useless to me; since 80% of the time I have to reply to my apps’ customer emails and I have a few canned responses in GMail; which only works in gmail.com and no app supports that yet. So, the apps are useful only for deleting other notification mails. Looking forward to the day when “Canned response” will be supported in the app.

  • Drome

    This is related to the acquisition of sparrow, a popular iOS email app that google acquired. The team was integrated and produced this app. I am sure they used a lot of the same code and it was therefore easier to release the iOS version first. I would expect an Android version to follow.

  • Glad that I got an iPad this Black Friday. I won’t be mulling “GodDamnIt!! Why does all the beautiful things come to iOS only/first..!!”. Now I can have it either way. 😀

  • trophynuts

    updating now.

  • Android productivity apps are pretty crap. Gmail, Email… I’ve actually had to steer my company’s phone purchases from Android to iPhones…

  • The new iOS app has a cleaner look, but simple functions are missing too. Like go to next or previous email when looking at a message and if you archive an email, it goes back to the list of emails instead of progressing through the list. The Android app is waaaay better. For an iOS email app, its pretty good though.

  • Silver Veloz

    I may be out of the loop when it comes to Apple or anything iOS (by choice), but why are they using a google (gmail) account. Doesn’t apple have their own e-mail set up to integrate all their products, just like Google is doing with plus, drive, now, docs, etc. But I guess, gmail is generic to anyone.

    • Apple has iCloud, and you can use one of its email accounts if you’d like, but it’s not needed — or even all that common. You mostly sign into iCloud for app and media downloads as well as backup and contact/calendar/bookmark sync.

  • It makes sense. Apple users are worried about the “looks” of things. Android cares about functionality.

    • The design of an app is something Google has been very attentive to. The current Gmail app, in some ways, sets a good example for ICS+ based apps. Sure, it’s not as flashy looking as this iOS release, but Google is just adhering to Apple’s (different) standard for design on their devices.

      Let’s be honest, there are many ICS+ apps that are darned-good to look at and are designed with great consideration and aesthetic.

      Both platforms care about functionality, it’s just the presentation that differs a little bit.

  • Ewww

  • EvanTheGamer

    Who cares what that so-called OS gets…all that matters is when Android will get it. And when we get it, THEN write up a post about it. Not before. Come on guys! This should be an Android-ONLY blog, not “occasionally write news stories about iOS”.

    • M

      It’s a google blog.

  • The UI for Gmail on Android has always perplexed me. This iOS version looks a lot cleaner and simpler.

  • jlschulz098

    Seems google is more concerned with its apple folks than its android omes. First they get google now inquiry now they get a hugely better version of gmail. Guess tue only way t keep up with the latest android changes is to get an iphome

  • jcorf

    That looks childish.

  • It looks extremely childish.

  • Derek Lockovich

    The whole styling makes A LOT more sense than the Android one. I understand what they’re trying to accomplish with the Android UI, but the thing is that they have 2 separate UIs involved currently. Their web UI for such products like YouTube, Maps, Gmail, etc.. should carry over those designs. For apps like Phone, Calculator, etc., should carry the Android UI.

    On any phone with a custom skin, the apps are using the manufacturer’s look (for the most part). At least when you visit Gmail on your PC, you can at least have that unified look on your phone as well.

    Right now, I think why they updated the Gmail app on iOS over the Android one is because they are implementing a lot of what the Sparrow team did on iOS which was probably a thousand times easier to bring that code and integrate it there. I believe in couple of weeks, we’ll see a similar look on Android when they work out the coding differences.

    Anyone agree?

    • ZZ

      MG Siegler says the Sparrow team had nothing to do with this iOS app: https://twitter.com/parislemon/status/276016860288405504

      I think they already consider the Android app “updated”. Gmail has always been the app the Android team use to show off the current design guidelines, so I think it will indefinitely remain with the same base Holo light theme. Regardless of whether its using the Android theming or Google web theming its consistent since Google own both. With iOS they view it as much more important to carry the branding over from the web version because it would otherwise lose its identity.

      It’s possible they’ll begin tweaking the visual designs towards a little more unity with the Google websites, but Holo will always be dominant to some degree.

  • Steven

    It’s not showing up in my App Store…

  • John Jenness

    We all now that anything Apple needs to be pretty and cutesy. My questions is does it have more features?

  • Does it have a full size icon yet?

  • guest

    maybe iOS is the beta tester

  • Guinness Beaumont

    iOS updates before android? Simple. It’s called a “target market.”

  • I don’t know. I like the Android app the way it looks now. Leave the cartoon look for social places. Let e-mail be straight and to the point.

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  • pappy53

    “This item is temporarily unavailable”. This shows for iPhone and iPad.

  • The Dude

    Why is it that iOS apps always end up looking so much nicer (in general) than other versions. We’ve seen this from MS and now even Google. It can’t be the SK/API’s. Is it just the general asthetic of iOS that compels devs, is it a desire to match other apps on the platform?

  • I prefer what we have…iOS looks like play-skool to me

  • ddevito

    this is an updated Sparrow app for sure

  • Joel Mathew

    For once, Google, can you start with the android platform before going to iOS, seriously!

  • Joel Mathew

    this is bullsh*t!! Every time iOS has to get the better looking app.

    • JoshGroff

      Do you want pretty or do you want functional? I for one prefer function over form, if you aren’t adding new features, no need to make an already good UI better.

  • WilliamKingX17

    Tried to download on wife’s iPad but got error message “The item you are trying to buy is no longer available.” What gives?

  • John

    I have no quarrels with our current Gmail 4.2.1.

  • ddevito

    Hey Google – time to work on the Google Voice app. Frankly it stinks

    • EC8CH

      this is a Google app.

      • ddevito

        I know – I pasted my wrong sentence (I was on another blog at the same time).

        • EC8CH

          Wonder if Voice will somehow get rolled into G+ too and that’s why they haven’t paid any attention to updating the stand alone app?

          • ddevito

            I sure hope so, we’ve been waiting for a long time now.

            gmail, g+, gvoice, gtalk, g++messaging = MADNESS!

    • TheDrunkenClam

      I still, to this day, don’t understand the purpose of Google Voice. If you can’t make calls without using minutes from your VZW plan, what’s the point?
      If I hangout with someone (basically call them using Google +) does it use minutes?

      • Dr_Buttballs

        I use it for visual voicemail and to text from my computer because most people I know refuse to use GTalk.

      • Go Hawkeyes

        Voicemail. That is all I use it for. Much better handling of voicemail than Verizon.

      • PuzzleShot

        I use it for free texting and voicemail transcription. If you were at your computer, you could call people with your Google Voice number through Gmail without using your mobile minutes, so there’s that.

      • 1 – Voicemail, 2 – Ability to Block Numbers, 3 – Portability, 4 – Call Transfer

        • 5 – Cheap international calls. 6 – Web accessible, backed up SMS.

  • I REALLY like the looks of it. I am disappointed with Google though. You would think Android devices would be getting this first instead of Apple.

    • Jon

      Remember, GMail on Android has been leaps and bounds ahead of iOS for a long time now. Also, remember how horrible the GMail app on iOS has been since it launched. I personally love the Holo theme on Android, and am glad that they have adapted the look to fit more with iOS. The cartoony look of iOS has always been a turn-off, so it’s nice to see some apps using the same UI conventions (menus, etc.) while updating to a cleaner look. Healthy competition is good for everyone, and anything that pushes platforms forward will do nothing but benefit end users.

      • angermeans

        Coming from someone that owns both an iPhone 5 and numerous android phones this is a giant step in the right direction and so far this app is on par with the android version (at least in my opinion) I actually prefer the look of this app over android as of right now (could easily change). It’s a great application and runs excellent.

      • I actually have no idea how the iOS version looked previously as I’ve never owned any Apple products and have never really done any research on their apps. I’ll be looking forward to this coming to Android though, whenever that will be!

      • TheDrizzle

        I agree very much. This needs to be the top comment.

  • tonysam1

    I feel betrayed.

    • :/

    • triumphtriple

      I’m jealous of the new features, but not of the look they gave it. It falls more in line with the iOS(read: old and stale) design.
      I hope they add the features but keep with the android design guidelines.

      The real question is: Does it have pinch to zoom?

      • MBS

        Yep. Pinch to zoom has been a feature of the Google mail app since it was first released.

  • Wayne

    looks kinda like fisher-price made it

    • JoshGroff

      Thank you.

    • TheDrizzle

      iOS or just this app?

      • Jroc869, Cool story bro

        Well played

    • *flashes back to Windows XP*

  • Dave Connor

    its gone now for ipad

    • See, it’s just that hey are working out the UI bugs on iOS. Then we’ll get one that works!

  • Leonardo Benveniste

    I think we’ll see something very similar come up in Android any time. Google does this all the time, and since Google+ and Youtube are using that sliding panel, and Google Now is more Android than iPhone. I guess this is the basis for the next step in the Android Gmail app, with a few extras like they did with the Google+ app redesign.

  • SteveG12543

    That really is beautiful. Do want. Key Lime Pie version of Gmail?

  • I would like to have the account/label interface redone. The account dropdown can stay the same, but a sidebar with all my labels would be really handy instead of hitting the dropdown, selecting “Show all labels” and then going to the label I want.

    • JoshGroff

      I was about to say the tablet interface has them on the side. Still, it would only really be useful to have them on the side for phones with larger screens, or if they made it a slide right across the screen to reveal type thing.

      • Unfortunately they wouldn’t be able to make it accessible via slide right because of the new swipe to archive/delete feature.

        • JoshGroff

          I know, but something along those lines, or like a toggle in settings for the dual panel mode.

  • EC8CH

    iOS gets update UI before Android…

    so confused :-/

    • picaso86

      It actually looks really awesome! – Damn iOS!!!!

      • angermeans

        It runs great too. Kellex isn’t lying it is a beautiful app.

        • ERIC REED

          Just downloaded and it is awesome. Goodbye IOS mail!!!!

    • That’s so strange. But on the other hand, it is a bit…cartoonish?

      • Dillon Brown

        I like the little bit of added color and NOWesqueness, but it looks a little cartoonish to me to. I want a slide out on android, but for labels. A slide out for just different accounts is just unnecessary and wastes space, when it could be more functional.

    • JLishere

      Looks much cleaner than Android, which I find irritating. Same with the new voice search they released for iOS a couple weeks ago – the answer cards for weather, flights and other results look better and are interactive. Not so on Jelly Bean. And today, Google redesigned local search, but only on iPad. As a long-time Android user, I’m not thrilled. They better not release a better looking Google Maps on iOS.


      And the YouTube app just got a nice bump up and added support for the iPad. Thank you google, finally something to celebrate for IOS!!

    • Kisuk3

      And upset..

      Its almost as if Google is validating the whole, “apple has better more polished apps” line.

  • thats so ugly, u g l y you aint got no alibi

    • mos0ne

      Bobby Fischer? Craaiiig!

  • i would LOVE to have that as the gmail app. would fit in perfectly with my rom

  • I don’t understand why they’re styled so completely differently. Why not have it look the same across all devices and platforms? Seems like a lot of extra effort being wasted.

    • EC8CH

      android app will be updated to this. That UI style matches all their other updated products (youtube, g+, etc).

      • Fattie McDoogles

        Right. The issues is not whether Android will get it but why Android didn’t get it first.

    • Diablo81588

      I’m sure they have separate development teams.

      • JoshGroff

        That would make the most sense.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          Still you think they they would talk to each other and work together to a degree to make sure the apps are as ubiqutious as possible.

          • JoshGroff

            Maybe they do and the iOS team just finished the project faster. Also, they have less factors to worry about testing.

    • ZZ

      Because different platforms do different things differently. When you have “runs the same everywhere” as a design goal you get terrible apps like Facebook/Twitter as a result.

    • Pedro Rodriguez

      Testing. They did the same with iOS. Remember how Android was the testing OS when it was the one behind? (in terms of market share). Now iOS is the one being used by less people so Google is now testing things like UI on it before moving to Android.

  • Randy Kelly

    Looks like the mobile app

  • It’s…it’s beautiful.