Android Gmail app gets welcome enhancements

Android Gmail app gets welcome enhancements

Summary: Definitely evolutionary, but very welcome enhancements await users of the new Gmail app for Android 2.2.

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There's nothing especially revolutionary about the updates to Google's Gmail app for Android, but as Phandroid puts it, "there’s a new version of the Gmail app in the Android Market, and it comes with a slew of improvements...that email geeks will love and the rest of the world maybe slightly nod at, if that."

I happen to be one of those emails geeks and this latest round of enhancements (following Google's separation of Gmail from Android this fall) is a welcome refinement of the interface. The changes bring the Android app closer to feature parity with the desktop browser version of Google's flagship email product. Adding obvious priority inbox markers, new abilities to reply/reply to all/forward from the same screen, and reply inline to messages just makes the product easier to use, especially for desktop users.

The app also allows users to specify the account from which they want to send/reply if they manage multiple accounts with their Gmail. Google's blog post on the new release points out,

"If you moved to Gmail from another webmail provider and want to continue to send email from that address, now you can send from any address you’ve configured in the desktop version of Gmail."

The Google Mobile Blog has several shots of the new UI, including the reply to all integration and inline replies.

The app is only available for Android 2.2 and you can get it (if you weren't already updated automatically) by scanning this QR code from your phone.

Topics: Browser, Android, Cloud, Collaboration, Google

Christopher Dawson

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Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • Yay Gmail. Yay Android. (Waves Flag)

    Yay Chris.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
  • RE: Android Gmail app gets welcome enhancements

    I can't stand using the Gmail viewer on my Moto Droid (Original), landscape mode w/ the keyboard out. There simply isn't enough screen real estate after all the bars and menus that are present. The top 20% is wasted with an option to go back to the Inbox and the bottom 20% is wasted with the 'Archive, Delete, <, >' options that never go away. Not to mention the email header that's present on every email you browse. Ugh.
    tech_monster
  • RE: Android Gmail app gets welcome enhancements

    Now if Google would only get its syncing of Contacts straight. I use Entourage and Apples Address Book. I have 1,000 contacts and Google quickly spawns many duplicate entries to the point where I get 3000+ and keep counting. Makes their contact file not all that useful for my Droid X. Not a good solution for Apple and Droid users!
    Dunc_z
  • RE: Android Gmail app gets welcome enhancements

    Yea head new features are pretty nice.
    Jimster480
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