After a trial period of the user, Google has implemented the ability to log in to non-Google email accounts in the Gmail application for iOS devices to all users. The update, which can be downloaded from the Apple app store now, also adjusts the Gmail application to make the most of the iPhone X's highest screen.
When Google started testing the function, we were not sure that I would see an eventual public publication: Google often tests features that never appear in the light of day. But it is here now. Options for accounts include Google, iCloud, Outlook (including Hotmail and Live), Office365, Yahoo and others through IMAP. The configuration works exactly the same as in other iOS email applications that support multiple services. Once added, the new accounts do not look different in the application from a Gmail account.
Note that there is not a unified inbox yet; change from one service to the other just like when you change your Gmail account. Here's how to add a Yahoo email account to the Gmail application after the update.
Users who own the iPhone X will be happy to see that Gmail has been updated for that device. This means expanding the graphic window so that it fits the new screen, respecting the sensor array, the start indicator and the rounded corners. If you want to know more about this, we review how this process works in detail in our article by interviewing developers of iOS applications on the iPhone X.
Nothing radical has changed in the interface, it's simply higher. The area around the start indicator is usually a scrollable list and, because Apple encourages application developers to allow drop-down lists to occupy that space, space is used well despite the presence of the indicator. It works well in portrait mode, but horizontal mode does not make much sense; There is no reason why you need so much horizontal space using this application.
This is the last of many Google applications that are updated for the iPhone X, but there are still some, like the Gmail alternative, Inbox. That application is currently displayed in the aspect ratio used by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.