Gmail app update 3.0 has been released for iOS, bringing forth a background refresh feature and simplified sign in process with it. The improvement to Google’s mail service has now been made available to download, on the platform of their greatest rival.
iPhone, iPad users and more will now get the additional benefit of email refresh which works even when the app is closed. Rather than opening the app to download and access the mail, it will already be there waiting for you. The Gmail background refresh feature will sweep for new messages every few minutes, fetching new ones without you needing to do a thing.
The other feature that update 3.0 introduces is a simplified sign in process which makes it easier to access apps like Chrome, Gmail, Drive and Maps. Rather than signing in to each of your Google services separately, all you need to do now is log into one and the new update will automatically give you access to them all.
This update requires your device to be running iOS 7 and to have at least one type of notification turned on. The background refresh feature implemented in to iOS 7 for other apps typically consumes more power and will drain battery life, so consider that before using the feature.
We recently reviewed Gmail logins with Streak which allows you to track email, you can check it out here. Have you downloaded the Gmail 3.0 update for iOS yet, how are the new features working for you?
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