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Apple recently recently completely integrated its file and folder management app into the rest of its own apps and services on iPhones. However, Google has already taken this step with its popular Gmail iOS app.
Google today announced in a post on its G Suite update blog that users can attach files to emails from folders that can be accessed through the Files app. This feature is available for both the iPhone and iPad versions of the Gmail app. According to Google, however, it can take a while to reach all users.
This also means that you can add files from Dropbox in the same way, since you can browse files stored in Dropbox through the File app when the Dropbox app is installed.
Google created this GIF to illustrate how it works.
This feature will be provided just a few weeks after Google completely redesigned the Google Mail app for iOS and Android with respect to the company's Material Theme design language. The company also added features and optimizations for attachments such as: B. the ability to view attachments without opening the email itself or scrolling through it.
For a while, Apple largely kept the file app away from the rest of iOS, and its usefulness was mainly limited to being a repository of files stored in app-specific directories or for browsing iCloud Drive files that added by another computer.
This changed in September with the release of iOS 13. As we examined in our iOS 13 test, this update added the ability to search external drives in the file app and create folders in the root directory of the app. Perhaps most importantly, numerous apps like Mail and Safari have added an option to save to files.
This meant a change of direction for Apple, which for a long time seemed to take the position that user-related hierarchical file systems like this were a relic of desktop computing – they weren't suitable for mobile devices. In general, iOS 13 has withdrawn some of these long-held beliefs to make iOS more attractive to power users. This is likely due in part to the launch of iPadOS last year, which branched off from iOS to make iPads more powerful as desktop replacement devices.