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Gmail for iPad Update: Now Multiple Account Support and More

As many Gmail users have come to appreciate the simplicity behind multiple account support for their Gmail App on Android or Gmail via the Web, those who have taken the plunge to the iPad world as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed may have found the integrated Gmail App for iPad a little bit lacking from what they are used to.

Although it was easy on the eyes with the “beautiful Retina display” (for those with the iPad 3/4), the initial roll-out of Gmail for iOS 6 did lack some luster in the function department. The initial version did not allow for multiple account support, a huge fallback from Android based versions of the application that have allowed the functionality for years. In addition, it had limited search and meeting invite capabilities as well.

Recently, the latest Gmail Version 2.0 update for the iOS platform redeems itself bringing the standard precedent of functionality to its interface that has come to be expected from the Gmail user masses. The latest update includes the following:

  • Multiple Account Support
  • Search predictions as you type
  • Infinite scrolling inbox
  • Respond to Google Calendar invites inline
  • And more

And I must say, they pulled it off in a simple to use interface that puts account switching only a few “pecks” away (I guess we really can’t “click” on a tablet screen now can we). In addition, as the layout stays the same, they streamlined the interface to provide, what Google calls, a “cleaner look”. Personally, I was content with the old look, but to each is own. The new one isn’t to much of a change. Primarily, it just separated titles, headers, labels, read, and unread message fonts into different sizes and styles to make them a little easier to identify on the display. Overall, it’s a good look and a massive functional improvement.

The version is currently available in the iPad App Store for all users free of charge. For those who currently have Gmail installed and want to upgrade, just install the upgrade from the upgrade section of your App Store as you would any other program.

Before (Previous Version)iPad Gmail

 

After (Version 2.0)iPad-Gmail2

Android Market Becomes Google Play Store

Recently, many Android users may have noticed the disappearance of their Market icon from their desktop after preforming relatively routine upgrades of their software from the Android Market. For others, this may me something you will see in the near future as you choose to update your market apps.

The change is related to the renaming of the Android Market to the Google Play Store in what appears to be primarily a marketing move by Google.

In some cases, after the update, the Market icon is remaining on the desktop but the graphic of the icon has changed. In other cases, the changes aren’t seen until the updates are complete and the phone is rebooted. The differences in how the upgrade impacts the user appear to be associated with different versions of the Android OS on different devices.

If you happen to loose your icon, it can be restored by opening up your Applications menu on your device and locating the new application labeled the Play Store. Once located, press and hold on the icon until it allows you to move it to the home/desktop screens (procedures may differ slightly from one device to another).