Gmail’s upcoming iOS widget could actually be useful

Google announced it’s updating the Gmail iOS widget with a brand new one which’s actually useful, exhibiting you the topics and senders of the emails sitting in your inbox. The corporate says the brand new widget will be “launching within the subsequent few weeks,” to switch the earlier model that wasn’t significantly well-received. This additionally implies that, as 9to5Google points out, which means that Gmail’s iOS widget may have the identical performance as the present Android one.

When the primary model of the Gmail widget launched, we identified that it isn’t significantly useful. It actually solely supplies shortcuts to totally different screens on the app like your inbox and the e-mail composer. Critically, it doesn’t actually present you a lot details about the emails you’ve obtained, although it does let you know what number of are sitting unread in your inbox.

Old Widget

The previous widget can solely take to to the app’s search, compose, and inbox display screen.

A part of the previous widget’s lack of performance was resulting from Apple’s limitations. You’re at the moment not allowed to construct interactivity into your widget, and any tapping the person does has to be dealt with by launching the app. These guidelines haven’t considerably modified because the first widget was launched, however the brand new design reveals that there’s nonetheless room for useful info. You could not be capable of archive an e-mail from your own home display screen, for instance, however you’ll at the least be capable of get a really feel for what’s ready in your inbox.


Google additionally says it’s updating Google Sheets’ keyboard shortcut help.

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Google additionally introduced different upcoming enhancements to its apps that could be useful for heavy customers of its providers. Meet (it’s business-focused video chat app) is getting help for iOS’s picture-in-picture characteristic, so you’ll be able to nonetheless see your co-workers or the presentation whilst you swap apps to test on a file or e-mail. Google additionally says it’ll increase the keyboard shortcuts out there for individuals who use Google Sheets with an exterior keyboard (together with Apple’s Magic Keyboard case).

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