Google listens – not only to your conversations but also to your complaints. Specifically about the Gmail widget on your iPhone and iPad. The Internet giant will add a new Gmail widget and support for keyboard shortcuts within Google Sheets on iOS.
The original Gmail widget was removed last year because it was not well received. It only offered quick links to your inbox, message menu, and search. This left users with no way to browse the contents of their inboxes, but continued to tease them by revealing only the number of unread emails.
However, a new Gmail widget has been set up to correct these errors. This will allow iPhone users to see the sender fields and the latest email items directly on the home screen. Users will also be able to see their profile picture in the upper left corner and the email write button in the lower left. The new widget will be unveiled to iPhone and iPad users in the next few weeks.
You can blame both Google and Apple for the failure of the old widget. Google needed to make a more robust widget from the start. But Apple imposes severe restrictions on widgets by ordering them to be non-interactive. The new Gmail widget will give you a better overview of what’s in your inbox, although you still won’t be able to archive email from the Home screen.
Google recently added Picture-in-Picture (PiP) to Meet to help perform multiple tasks, making it easier for users to switch between apps on iPhone or iPad while attending meetings. Google will now add PiP support to the Gmail app for iOS in the next few weeks.
In addition, Google Sheets will get support for keyboard shortcuts on the iPad. Shortcuts will also work with Bluetooth and Magic keyboards. You can view the available shortcuts by holding down the command key.
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