Gmail is fast, but Google believes that it can be faster on smartphones. The latest update to Gmail’s app for iOS 7 gets you to your messages as quickly as possible by pre-fetching your emails in the background. As Google says, it matters when you’re checking your email first thing in the morning or as you’re waiting in line at the grocery store.
The updated mail app removes the small time lag between opening the app and Gmail fetching the emails from the server. Gmail now syncs and does the work in the background rather than waiting for you to open the app. This means you have to turn on background app refresh and notifications (badge or any other type) for the Gmail app. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Multitasking was redesigned in iOS 7 and background app refresh benefits the way we use email. Apple explains the multitasking feature:
Some apps can continue to run for a short period of time and are then set to a suspended state so they are not actively in use, open, or taking up system resources. They will instantly launch when you return to them.
The updated app also makes it less irksome with a single sign-in across Google iOS apps, including Maps, Drive, YouTube and Chrome. Sign in to one, and you’ll be signed in to all the services. That’s a huge timesaver as you don’t have to type in that 27-character password or retrieve your 2-step verification code every time you navigate to another Google app.
Two teensy-weensy updates, but two smart ones, especially when you are busy out and about. Does the background app refresn work for you, or did you prefer the previous version?
Source: Gmail Blog