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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Retina Display Now on Google’s Gmail Web App

Today, Google updated its mobile web app to fully support Apple’s Retina Display, bringing a crisper experience to those of us who use the web app in order to get full support for certain Gmail features, like labels.

The update, which is live for everyone right now, also adds an iOS feature that now seems to be synonymous with the platform: pull to refresh…

“On the mobile team, we strive to produce web apps which look and feel just like installed apps. In the past few weeks, we’ve released a number of features which make Gmail for mobile look sharper and feel smoother.”

New, high-resolution icons, improved transitions, and the aforementioned refresh feature all help to make feel and act just like a native application.

Gmail integration and a proper, fully-featured app have long been major pluses for Google’s Android, with many Gmail stalwarts citing a lack of a Gmail app on iOS as the sole reason for them deciding on phones running Android.

While this web app update might not be enough to persuade those users to jump ship, it’s most certainly an improvement over the old version.

Still, a proper app would be nice, Google.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad 2


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