March 12, 2013
Since it was updated by Google with a cleaner look and Sparrow-like mechanics, the official Gmail app for iOS has been my mail app of choice. Indeed, I think its design is both pleasing and practical. As it turns out, a lot of other users do, too. Otherwise, Google probably wouldn't have adopted pretty much the same design for the Gmail mobile Web app — which it just did. The move, which is effective on iOS and other platforms, was announced by the Gmail team on its official Google+ page:
Since launching the rebooted Gmail app for iPhone and iPad in December (http://goo.gl/2m7pd), we’ve heard from many of you that you like the redesigned UI, along with new features such as improved search and integration with Google Calendar. Today we’re rolling out a similar refreshed look to the Gmail mobile web app as well as Gmail Offline (http://goo.gl/0f1ae) that includes many of these same changes. Try it out at gmail.com in the browser of your Android, iOS, Blackberry or Kindle Fire device.The new Gmail mobile Web app is now live on my iPhone. But it's still not showing on my iPad. Apparently, the redesign is still in the process of propagating across all supported devices. The official native Gmail app for iOS is, of course, available in the App Store. It's free, it's universal, and it's really nice. Actually, Google has been rolling out some really nice updates and even new releases for its iOS presence, the most recent of which include updates to YouTube and Chrome for iOS and the release of Field Trip.