Ever since Google introduced Gmail back in 2004, the company has been consistently improving its widely popular web-based email service. And now with the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Google has predictably updated the Gmail app for iOS in order to optimize it for Apple's latest flagship smartphone devices. Knowing Google, who embraces all things geek so openly, the updated version is named Gmail version 3.1415926, a reference to pi, perhaps the most widely known constant number in the world of mathematics.
When Apple released the new iPhones last month, the phone maker finally made significant upgrades in the screen sizes of their best-selling devices. Indeed, the iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch display screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch display screen. The updated Gmail has been optimized to fully take advantage of the new display screen size of the latest iPhones. Thus, the new look of the Gmail app for iOS now has a more spacious feel, featuring a canvas that extends farther than previous Gmail app versions.
The new Gmail update also comes with a few tweaks and bug fixes that should delight users of the new iPhone devices. For instance, Google has gotten rid of the fuzzy text that some iPhone 6/6 Plus users reported seeing in their Gmail apps in the first few weeks of the smartphones' release.
The graphics have also been updated for the new Gmail app version. Gmail version 3.1415926 makes full use of the Retina HD display, providing more clarity for users. Take note that the Retina HD displays of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus feature resolutions of 1334 by 750 pixels and 1920 by 1080 pixels, respectively. These had posed problems for the previous version of the Gmail app, causing the graphics reproduction to appear a bit fuzzy.
Because there are no new major features added, this Gmail update looks more like an optimization upgrade. However, the fact that the new Gmail app supports landscape mode for users when they are reading or composing email messages is definitely a plus.
But this is Google we are talking about. So you can bet that it will be releasing more improvements in the foreseeable future. As for now, users of the new iPhones can do well to take advantage of this latest update. Gmail version 3.1415926 is available for free download (5.3 megabytes) from the iOS App Store.
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