Since the launch of the iPad, Gmail has slowly been upgraded to better support the tablet (see here for instance). Yesterday, Google added new iPad-specific features to the online service, specifically a new “stacked cards” interface that allows you to easily select and manage multiple e-mail conversations at once.
The new interface, built using CSS3 transitions, is very similar to the iPad interface released by Yahoo Mail a couple days ago, as they both offer a dual-pane view in order to easily switch between e-mails. But Gmail took the concept to the next level, by optimizing the layout in order to better manage, archive or delete stacked conversations in the right panel of the interface.
According to Google, “In the past, performing actions on selected conversations was awkward. There were two similar toolbars on the screen: one on the bottom left and the other on the top right. The former affected the selected conversations, while the latter affected the currently open conversation. Since the toolbars’ buttons looked similar, it was easy to mistakenly use the wrong toolbar. Sounds confusing? It was.”
The new iPad interface is more intuitive than ever, and is available to all Gmail users accessing their accounts via Safari on their iPads.