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Google Should Be Ashamed of Gmail on iPad

Even though I can't use the iPad Pro as my main work laptop, I still love this new 12.9-inch tablet, and have spent a lot of time with it. I was quite surprised, though, to find out that Gmail doesn't support any of iOS's multitasking features.

Yes, as I was taking advantage of the iPad's multi-app capabilities, which allow you to view up to 3 apps at once, I noticed that (somehow) Gmail doesn't work. If you drag the Gmail icon from the dock, it just takes over your whole screen, and doesn't let you create a split-screen view or place it as a slide-over app.

How bad is that? The iPad first gained split screen view in 2015's iOS 9, so they've spent more than 3 years saying "okay, we've done enough." On top of that, it's an aberration in Google's iOS lineup, as other major Google apps — such as YouTube and Home — allow for split view and slide-over.

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And to be honest, this is a deal-breaker for me, and it should be for all iPad users. Since you can access your Gmail account in everything from Apple's Mail to the excellent third-party app Airmail, you don't really need Gmail.

It's disappointing though, because Gmail is a pretty important service to many people -- people who probably don't know enough about third-party apps, and also those who know that Apple's Mail app can't search your Gmail archive as well as Google's own app.

But, instead, the Gmail app is stuck in 2014, set on taking over your whole screen. And while it's annoying to me, it really should be filling its developers with some pretty serious shame. If you need to access Gmail from your iPad while getting other work done, you're better off sticking with third-party options until Google gets with the times.

Credit: Laptop Mag

Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.