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‘Pull Down to Refresh, High Res Icons, Transitions’ Now Makes Gmail for Mobile ‘Sharper & Smoother’

Gmail for mobile today as of August 3, received a number of features which make it look sharper and feel smoother. Daniel Brotherston, Mobile Software Engineer wrote, “In this case, we used a combination of up to eight different CSS3 transitions and Javascript to get things to look just right.”

As always, go to mail.google.com on your mobile browser to check out the latest updates to Gmail for mobile.

Here’s what’s new in this release:

Pull down to refresh
You can now pull down to refresh your message list and conversation on all iOS and Playbook devices. To refresh, simply touch the message list, drag downwards and release.

High resolution icons
For those of you using Gmail for mobile on an iPhone 4 Retina display, the icons and graphics are now at a higher resolution, making Gmail for mobile sharper.

When you tap on a conversation, tap back to the inbox, go to the menu or go back, the view will slide left or right. This new transition animation is a quick, small indication that makes the view change feel smoother.

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