Google finally lets Gmail users read their email while also displaying another app. Apple introduced Split View multitasking way back in 2015, but it’s just now coming to this popular email application.
One of the better advantages of this addition is drag-and-drop functionality. Gmail users can now open the Apple Photos app next to an email, then drag in pictures to add them as attachments.
Gmail for iPad offers Split View and Slide Over
Google also added Slide Over support. This allows Gmail to appear as a third application that “floats” above whichever apps are open.
Finally enabling these widely used features could encourage iPad users to make Gmail their default email application, once iPadOS 14 enables us all to play favorites later this year.
To start using Gmail’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad, install the latest version of Gmail from the App Store. The app is free.
It’s not clear why it took this long for Google to add a hugely popular feature to its email software. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all supported Split View since 2016.