Gmail Web App Gets Pull to Refresh, Retina Display UI on iPhone

Gmail Web App Gets Pull to Refresh, Retina Display UI on iPhone

Google’s Gmail web app for the iPhone delivers a nice new update this morning that makes it even more iPhone-friendly, introducing the iOS trademark pull to refresh function, and an enhanced interface.

Refreshing your inbox is now a lot more natural to iPhone users with the pull to refresh feature that was first introduced to the iPhone with the Tweetie Twitter client — which seems to have become an iOS trademark feature, making its way into a whole host of third-party apps and web apps.

The web app now features a much sharper, high-resolution interface that looks a lot prettier on the iPhone 4’s Retina display.

Gmail Web App Gets Pull to Refresh, Retina Display UI on iPhone

In addition to pull to refresh and a nice new look, the app sports a fancy transitions feature as you navigate its menus. The Gmail Blog explains:

When you tap on a conversation, tap back to the inbox, go to the menu or go back, the view will slide left or right. This new transition animation is a quick, small indication that makes the view change feel smoother.

To check out the Gmail web app’s new features, just visit in your mobile browser.

[via MacStories]

  • barstep

    But you still can’t view images in messages unless it’s first selected in the webmail interface. This needs fixing.

  • bondr006

    What makes the pull to refresh a new feature? I have been using it on my iPad and iPod touch for a couple of months now.

  • lsl48
  • lsl48
  • EvanGreggs

    I just paid $ 23.86 for an iPhone and my girlfriend loves her Dell laptop that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 665 which only cost me $ 62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  • WVMikeP

    And as is typical, Google makes “buttons” too small for human fingers (along the top).  Human finger is 44 pixels wide (pre-retina display).  Those look much thinner.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

  • lls17

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