Last year, Google announced that it was going to create a new iOS widget for Gmail that aims to make it really easy to see what’s in your inbox at a glance instead of opening the app.
Now the “Email Updates” widget has finally arrived and is available for the iOS Gmail app right now. A picture-in-picture widget has also been added for the Google Meet app, allowing users to have a Meet call in view while using other apps on their iPhone or iPad.
But the Gmail widget is the one we will focus on. The widget itself is very straightforward, displaying a trio of the latest emails in your Gmail inbox, complete with the sender and subject line, and they’re joined by a typing button that lets you quickly send an email. electronic.
This cuts down on the process of opening the Gmail app and then navigating through emails and tools. It’s not that the Gmail app on iOS is difficult to use, as Google has created a neat email tool. But sometimes going into an app to reply to an email can lead to plenty of other distractions; Many of us have wasted time simply scrolling through a full inbox.
So this new email updater app could help users to be more efficient with their Gmailing. This could be particularly useful for people who travel a lot, so having a tool that allows you to see your latest email and its senders and subject lines at a glance could be helpful in keeping you informed but not distracted.
“If you use Google apps to work on your iPhone or iPad, we’re making some improvements to help you stay organized and productive.” explained Luke Wroblewski, director de iOS en Google.
We tested the new widget ourselves on an iPhone 13 Pro and can confirm that it is much better than the previous widget.
The old one simply featured a search bar, a compose button, and a small tab indicating the number of unread emails; it wasn’t particularly helpful. This new widget makes it easy to analyze information at a glance, and that’s a good thing in our book.
The iOS Gmail widget lacks the flexibility of the Android Gmail widget. But then again, Apple arguably has to catch up when it comes to widgets.
Apple currently does not allow app developers to build any functionality into iOS widgets. So removing that restriction may be the first step the folks in Cupertino could do to improve iOS widgets.
However, this new Gmail widget shows how more can be done on the design side of iOS widgets to increase their usefulness.