Every morning I lie in bed for a while and read emails on my iPod touch. I use the web interface for this, but it’s had its frustrations, usually involving much scrolling.
This morning when I checked my email I noticed something was different. It felt faster, and hey, there was a floaty bar thing that scrolled down the message with me, offering Archive, Delete and More buttons without endless scrolling. Yay!
The screenshot below shows the floaty bar near the top of the screen, even though I’ve scrolled to the end of a long email message. At the bottom of the screen are a button to return to the Inbox, and Previous / Next message buttons.
Gmail themselves say:
The new Gmail for mobile will also help you tackle your inbox faster. Gone are the days when you had to archive multiple messages by selecting each one, then scrolling all the way up (or down) to reach the archive button. Our fingers were getting sore with all the scrolling and we’re willing to bet yours were too. Now when you select a message, a floaty bar appears near the top of the screen with options to archive, delete, and more. In fact, the floaty bar stays with you as you scroll through your inbox, so you can easily archive, delete, or view more options no matter where you are.
Very nice. I love that about online applications: they can push out changes that just turn up. No messing about updating, installing, and so on.