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Google releases updated Android and iOS Gmail apps

Gmail version 2.0 hit iOS devices yesterday, boasting a sleeker, faster, and easier user experience.

The day after Android owners received a Gmail app update, Google pushed its revamped feature to the iPhone and iPad.

The new streamlined look is a product of six months of work by the Google team, product manager Matthew Izatt wrote in a blog post. Notably, version 2.0 features profile pictures in messages (or if no photo is available, a coloured letter corresponding to the contact's first name), new animations, and infinite message list scrolling.

Izatt also touted out-of-the-box features, including the time-saving auto-complete predictions that pop up during a search, "shaving off precious seconds (and typos)." Users can now RSVP to Google Calendar invites, as well as +1 and comment on Google+ posts directly from the app.

Not to be overlooked, the much-anticipated multiple account support option is available in this upgrade, a chance for users to keep up with personal and work accounts without having to switch between different apps, or sign onto mobile Internet just to check for the latest email. Users can now log in on up to five Google accounts from the menu, and switch between them with a couple of quick swipes.

The official Gmail app for iOS recently celebrated its first birthday, having launched on 2 November 2011. Apple iOS users were previously relegated to adding Gmail accounts to the iOS Mail app. This year, the Gmail iOS application received support for Apple's Notification Center and added "under the hood changes," including animation, scrolling, and responsiveness improvements.

Meanwhile, Gmail version 4.2.1 for Android was released a day earlier, offering the new auto-fit mechanism, as well as swipe delete and pinch-and-zoom, to Android users.

The app is available now for free in Google Play and the iTunes App Store.