If like me, you use Gmail on your iPhone and iPad, you’ll notice that Google rolled out an updated user interface earlier today. The changes might seem minute, but they make a significant difference in the overall experience offered by the webapp. First change: the icons. Google updated all the graphics used in the webapp, to leverage the higher resolution offered by high end mobile devices such as the iPhone 4 and its retina display. The result is stunning, especially given that the previous generation of icons offered by gmail.com was extremely pixelated.
Second change: refresh. Instead of having to reload the page you’re on to refresh your inbox or one of your conversations, all you need to do is to pull down to refresh. Simply touch the message list, drag downwards, release, and the page you’re on will be automatically updated.
Third change: transitions. When you tap on a conversation, tap back to the inbox, go to the menu or go back, the view will now slide left or right. This new transition animation is smooth and sleek, and adds an additional touch of polish to the webapp. As usual, Google’s engineers are working double shifts to make Gmail the most advanced web-based mail service. Simply put, with this new update, the webapp looks just as good as a native iPhone or iPad app.