After an embarrassing first attempt at a release, Google took Gmail for iOS back to its developers. The team ironed-out the kinks and managed to re-introduce Gmail to Apple’s App Store a couple weeks later. Google seemed to take the setback in stride, and at the time was talking about its plans for quickly following-up that release with further updates, packed with new features. Now the first of those has arrived, with Google releasing Gmail 1.1 for iOS.
Two of the hotly-requested features Goggle mentioned as in-the-works for future release were custom mobile signatures and support for multiple accounts. Though the latter’s not here quite yet (Google mentions that it’s still working on it, and we’ll see it in a future update once it’s ready), now iOS users can set a email signature specific to their smartphones, to let colleagues know when they’re accessing mail while still out-and-about.
Other changes new to this release include an updated notification sound, the introduction of nested labels, and the ability to set your vacation auto-response. Then there’s Scribbles, which is perhaps the most unexpected part of this update. Scribbles is supposed to be for when words just fail you, and the best way to convey your message would be graphically. It consists of a pretty rudimentary set of drawing tools, with which you can sketch something out and attach it to an email. Still, simple’s what you want when trying to get your point across quickly, and the brush, line, and spray paint tools should be more than sufficient.
Gmail 1.1 is available in Apple’s App Store now.