Google has begun contrast a new underline on a iOS Gmail app: a ability to supplement non-Google e-mail accounts. The change would make a Gmail app some-more rival with Apple’s possess Mail app and countless other renouned email apps on iOS like Spark, Outlook, and Airmail.
The exam was announced in a post from Gmail’s central Twitter account:
— Gmail (@gmail) October 17, 2017
If we try to sign up for a test, Google gives 3 criteria for eligibility: we must currently be regulating a Gmail iOS app, we contingency have an email comment that’s not Gmail with that to test, and we contingency be using iOS 10 or after on your device. Google hasn’t pronounced anything about when this underline could exit contrast and go live to a public, or even if it will. Some beta tests during Google have lasted weeks, others have left on for years, and others never resulted in a publicly accessible underline or product.
On Google’s competing Android mobile platform, a Gmail app is a default email app, and it already supports third-party accounts. The app wouldn’t be really useful as a default email resolution if it didn’t. But iOS users who use Gmail accounts in further to others—say, iCloud or Exchange—have indispensable to possibly use a non-Google app for Gmail, thereby potentially missing out on some Gmail features. Or they’ve had to use dual opposite email apps.
The Gmail app is widely used on iOS; during a time of this writing, it binds a #1 mark in a App Store’s most-downloaded productivity apps. Google also offers the Inbox app on iOS, a opposite interface for Gmail that was developed in partial by former Sparrow product designer Jean-Marc Denis. It’s a somewhat opposite take on Gmail, though Inbox is not as renouned during this time; it sits during a #94 mark in a same capability app list. Inbox doesn’t now support non-Gmail email accounts either.
In any case, Google’s apps on iOS mostly loiter behind their Android counterparts. In one of many examples, Google’s iOS apps didn’t support some of iOS 9’s pivotal facilities when Ars examined them 6 months after iOS 9’s release. Google Assistant strike iOS months after its initial launch. If we wish a latest and biggest from Google’s services in a many seamless doing possible, Google-backed phones like a new Pixel 2 are your best bet. But many, many people use Google services on their iPhones. Generally, it works flattering well, though changes like this that move us closer to underline relation will be welcome.