Gmail iOS app gets Notification Center support

By on June 26, 2012 at 3:29 AM.

Gmail iOS app gets Notification Center support

Gmail iOS Notification Center Support

Long-suffering iPhone Gmail users had their prayers answered Monday as Google announced support for Apple’s Notification Center on its iOS Gmail app. In other words, anyone who gets an email on their Gmail account will now be able to access it right from the centralized Notification Center rather than having to check their Gmail app separately. Google says that adding Gmail to the Notification Center will make Gmail notifications “up to 5x faster than in the previous version.” Other improvements to the iOS Gmail app include the ability to send emails from alternate addresses if you’ve properly configured them within your current Gmail account and an upgraded login system that lets users stay logged into iOS Gmail for as long as they want. Google also says that it is “looking forward to bringing… more features in future releases, including support for multiple accounts.” See, they aren’t evil. More →

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How Apple stole notifications from Android and beat them with iOS 5

By on June 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM.

How Apple stole notifications from Android and beat them with iOS 5

If you haven’t seen the pattern before, well, you just haven’t been looking — Apple might not be the first with a feature all of the time, but the company almost always has the last laugh. Remember what happened with copy and paste? It’s almost unimaginable to think that the iPhone didn’t have this feature until almost three years into its existence, but when Apple introduced it, it worked like nothing before it — and by that, I mean it worked, and worked effortlessly. Notifications were arguably the biggest pain point for most iOS users, and Apple, as you know, has addressed them in a big way with Notification Center. How do you access Notification Center? You simply swipe down from the top of the device and a drawer-like panel slides down and displays your notifications. It sounds familiar, yes, but it’s really so much more than what we’ve seen in Android so far. Hit the jump to read on. More →

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Apple iOS 5 is a monster: new notifications, News Stand, Twitter, iMessage, more!

By on June 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM.

Apple iOS 5 is a monster: new notifications, News Stand, Twitter, iMessage, more!

Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall just made Apple’s iOS 5 official, and it’s a serious update. Over 200 new features and 1,500 new APIs, but that’s not the most exciting part. We’re talking about redone notifications with Notification Center, a place to combine all notifications; Newsstand, which will automatically download the latest issues of your favorite subscription newspaper and magazines; deep Twitter integration including a system-level sign-on, Tweeting from Photos app and Safari, Twitter contact syncing; and even tabbed-browsing in Safari (finally!). Hit the break for more. More →

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