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Gmail iOS app gets updated with smoother scrolling & photo saving

Google has updated its Gmail for iOS app, adding several "under the hood changes" to improve animations, scrolling, and responsiveness on the iPhone and iPod touch.

"You'll notice that many events in the app are just a little bit faster and smoother," the Web giant wrote in a Google+ post. "Buttons respond to presses a little more quickly, scrolling is smoother and new views transition faster. With this update, we tried to make it a little better with every touch."

The latest version of the app, Gmail 1.3, also lets users save picture attachments to their iOS photo library, a feature many users have been requesting, Google said. Users can do so by simply tapping and holding on an image. The update also includes bug fixes.

Google last updated the iOS version of its Gmail app back in June, adding full support for Apple's Notification Center. With the Notification Center update, iOS users can now opt to have their messages show up in banners, alerts, and on the lock screen. That update also added the ability to send messages from alternate email addresses and improved the log-in experience.

Meanwhile, Google yesterday revamped video chat within Gmail by replacing the function with Google+ Hangouts. Users will be able to chat with people when they are using either Gmail or Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices. If both Gmail users have Google+ profiles, they'll be able to video chat with up to nine people at once, watch YouTube videos together, collaborate on Google Docs, and share a screen.