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Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts
From TechCrunch - October 18, 2017

Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week its testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS that will allow users to add their non-Google accounts, including those from Outlook (including Hotmail or Live), Yahoo, and elsewhere.

The announcement, which was sent out via a tweet from the @gmail Twitter account, invited users to sign up to test a version of the Gmail iOS app with this new feature.

The link takes users to an online form where they consent to joining the Gmail beta program. This requires users to have a current version of the official Gmail iOS app on iOS 10 or higher, and have at least one non-Google email account they would like to add to Gmail.

The form further asks them to check off which non-Google accounts they use from a list that includes Outlook, Hotmail, Live, Yahoo, Yandex, Mail.ru, or Other.

Because this is an iOS beta, theres not an option to download the beta app from the App Store directly. Instead, betas are distributed through Apples TestFlight platform.

Notably, a Google spokesperson tells us this is the first time that the company has made a beta version of Gmail for iOS available through TestFlight with external users.

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