Google has offered a Gmail app for iOS for a while, but up until recently it’s been missing some of the features you get with Apple’s default Mail app. Today Google released an update adding some of those features, giving you at least two less reasons to use Mail instead of Gmail.
The first change is support for the iOS Notification Center. This lets you receive notices for push notifications, and view subject lines and excerpts of email messages by swiping down from the top of your screen.
A second important update is persistent logins. The Gmail app won’t automatically log you out anymore, which means you can continue receiving messages even if you don’t open the app frequently.
Google has also added support for “send as,” letting Gmail users with alternate sender addresses use any of those addresses from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.