Showing the subjects and senders of the emails sitting in the inbox, Google announced that it is updating the Gmail iOS widget with a really useful new one.
The company says the new widget will be “launched in the next few weeks,” replacing an existing version that did not perform well. This also means that, as 9to5Google points out, this means that the Gmail iOS widget will have the same functionality as the current Android one.
When the first version of the Gmail widget was launched, it was pointed out that it did not help significantly. It provides only shortcuts to different screens on the app like inbox and email composer. Essentially, it does not reveal much information about the emails you receive, although it does say how much you sit without reading in the inbox.
Part of the lack of functionality of the old widget is due to Apple limitations. Currently no one is allowed to write the interaction into the widget, and any user tap has to be touched by the app launch. Those rules haven’t changed significantly since the first widget was introduced, but the new design shows that the world is still there for useful information. Someone may not be able to save an email from the home screen, for example, but at least be able to feel for what is waiting in your inbox.