While native apps on mobile devices are great, sometimes we just don’t have that luxury and we have to turn to our browser. Luckily, the iPhone version of Gmail has updated to a more native app-like interface.
The new interface only sports a few changes, but it’s surprising how much better they make the page feel — it really does feel less like a web app and more like what one would expect from a native Gmail app on the iPhone. The changes include more responsive scrolling, akin to that in other apps like Twitter (where if you flick faster, you’ll fly down the page — perfect for long conversations or full inboxes). In addition, Google has added the floating toolbar that recently came to Android, so no matter where you are on the page, you still have quick access to any buttons you may need.
It isn’t perfect, of course — you still have to deal with the screen real estate wasted by the safari toolbar at the bottom — but it is a nice improvement. Head on over to the Gmail mobile page on an iOS 4 device to check it out, and let us know how much this changes your opinion of mobile web apps in the comments.
Gmail in Mobile Safari: Now Even More Like a Native App [Official Gmail Blog]