Google Testing Support for Third-Party Email Accounts in Gmail for iOS

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    Google today asked customers who use the Gmail for iOS app to test a new feature that will allow non-Google accounts to be added to and checked from the official Gmail for iOS app.

    Right now, the Gmail app for iOS devices only supports Gmail accounts, but the addition of support for third-party email accounts would put the app on par with other popular iOS apps like Spark, Airmail, Alto, Edison Mail, and other options.

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    Gmail for Android already supports third-party email accounts.

    Google is allowing Gmail users to sign up to test the feature through a beta application. Requirements include using the Gmail for iOS app, having a non-Google email account, and iOS 10 or later.

    Customers are asked to enter their name, Gmail address, iOS device, and provider of the non-Google email account to be used in the beta. There's no word yet on when the feature might launch following the beta test.

    Gmail for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Testing Support for Third-Party Email Accounts in Gmail for iOS
     
  2. bkaus macrumors regular

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    This will give google a chance to index all your email!
     
  3. cerote macrumors 6502a

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    Surprised they never did this sooner. Figured they be more than happy to have all your emails flow through them. Or even a peek at them.
     
  4. rcooked macrumors regular

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    Not shabby, but already all gmail based. I’d be really impressed if they added unified inbox on iOS.
     
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  7. SoundJudgment macrumors regular

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    Sadly, no direct support for MS Exchange or Office365 eMail. Deal breaker here.
     
  8. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended

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    Exactly. Means they'll be able to index and make money not just from Gmail, but from AOL, Hotmail, Outlook, and anyone else they don't currently have access to.

    People will sell their privacy for convenience as they do with everything from Google.
     
  9. err404 macrumors 68020

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    I haven’t used the official gmail app in a while. Have they added a unified inbox yet?
     
  10. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    Wow, no dedicated iCloud support on a freaking iPhone whose native client is iCloud. Are they complete morons or what? I don't get it...
     
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    With Google, people pretty much give their privacy away.
     
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    You'd have to be foolish to let them index your other email accounts. Especially business email accounts.
     
  15. heov, Oct 18, 2017
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    Just FYI, the Gmail app on Android has had this for a while, including unified inbox for all accounts (as Gmail is slowly becoming the "default" Android mail client... most OEMs are removing the stock Android mail client).

    I'm not sure why Google is now adding this feature to iOS version, and if they left out unified Inbox.

    The Android version also supports exchange. So it's weird they left this out. Perhaps it's a licensing/security issue.

    Point being, these features may soon come to iOS since they exist on Android!

    I do not know their privacy policy, but I do not believe Google reads your other accounts used within the Gmail app.
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    I think they're just promoting their business. They want you to stop using iCloud. Use Gmail, use Google Photos, use Google Drive. I don't think they're morons, just business savvy. Google wants your data first and foremost... they're not just a mail app. My mom, for example, has switched to Google Photos for back up as it's easier for her across different platforms (and 15gb free, unlimited low quality backup).

    Perhaps one would argue Apple is the moron that won't let others use iMessage, iCloud Drive, etc. on other platforms. They caved on Apple Music, hopefully their other services transfer, too.
     
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    The Android app doesn’t support exchange either ...
     
  17. heov macrumors regular

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    It is on my OnePlus 5.
     
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    I wonder if it was added in the year I haven’t had to use an Android device.
     

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