In this day and age, you would want your email to land seamlessly on your mobile device. BlackBerry perfected push email a long time back, and that became one of its major selling points, but then the world moved beyond email which lead to the company’s downfall. Still though, email is pretty important, regardless of the device or platform being used. Gmail happens to be one of the most popular free email providers, and iOS is the second widely used mobile platform in the world, so its a safe bet to assume that a lot of people use both. Good news for them, the Gmail for iOS has been updated today and support for background refresh has finally been added.
What this basically means is that users no longer need to launch the app to manually refresh it whenever they want to check if they have new email or not. The app will now pre-fetch and sync emails so they’ll be available as soon as users launch the app. Users are required to turn on background app fresh as well as notifications for the Gmail app, and it requires devices that run iOS 7.
Since the app will continue to fetch email in the background, it may consume a bit more power than its previous version. The app also brings support from single sign-in and sign-out across all of Google’s iOS apps such as YouTube, Drive, Maps and Chrome. Gmail for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store.