Many iPhone owners use Gmail, Goggle Calendar and Contacts on iPhone (like me). It’s so convenient and mostly importantly free (compared to MobileMe). However, Apple will launch the free iCloud in this fall, which has native support by iOS and iCloud web apps. How does Google prepare for this war? Would iOS users switch to iCloud?
Probably in response to the possible threat by iCloud, Google just updated its Google sync for iOS to enhance its features on iPhone and iPad.
Search Gmail on iPhone and iPad
In the past you can only search mails stored in your Mail app on iPhone and iPad. Now, you can directly search all your mails in Gmail, including those online (only), right in Mail app.
Accept/Decline Invites on iPhone and iPad
You are also able to accept or decline invitations sent to your Google Calendar directly in Calendar app on iPhone and iPad.
Send Email from Other Email Addresses
This is really cool. In the web version of Gmail, you can send emails as another user (with another email address) by using “Send Mail as”. Now you can do it in Mail app on iOS with your Gmail account.
The above features are available to both Gmail users and Google Apps users. Find out more about Google sync here.