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Android sings Gmail alerts tune

Google has released an update for Gmail on Android handsets that allows people to minimise the amount of data and battery use when syncing mail accounts.The update, released on Friday, allows Android owners to choose to only sync messages headed for the Priority Inbox when out and about, meaning that data is not used downloading non-priority messages.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor on

Google has released an update for Gmail on Android handsets that allows people to minimise the amount of data and battery use when syncing mail accounts.

The update, released on Friday, allows Android owners to choose to only sync messages headed for the Priority Inbox when out and about, meaning that data is not used downloading non-priority messages.

Gmail version 2.3.5 also brings the option of setting label-specific ringtones for the first time, as well as options like remembering to always show pictures for mail received from specific senders.

The updated Gmail Android app is available to download now from the Android Market.

In July, Google also updated the Android Market to allow users in the US to stream or download films and books directly to their handsets. The update also brought a redesign to the market, intended to make it easier to discover new apps.

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