Gmail updated its iOS app on Wednesday, adding standard features such as custom signature support and nested tabs along with one feature — an option to add doodles to emails — that’s right out of left field.
When users access the “scribble” feature while composing a message, the app pulls up a drawing tool that works like a basic version of the desktop Paint app. The picture you create is sent with your outgoing email as an attachment.
“It’s perfect for sending a quick sketch that is hard to express in words or adding a fun graphic to make your email more personal,” explains the Gmail blog.
Also new in the update is a notification sound for iOS 5 that makes it “easier to distinguish when you’ve received an email.”
Don’t get your hopes up for something particularly musical, or a choice of instrument. There’s nothing funky here, just a nice two-toned ding that replaces the default iOS notification sound.
The app still lacks banner notifications, multiple login support and the ability to send from any account already configured in Gmail, all of which the blog says are on the way. We’d rather have a few features left on our wish list than a repeat of the app’s launch in November. It was yanked from the iTunes store within a few hours of release because of a bug.