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If you have been feeling slightly vexed with the old Gmail Android app , you can now run your inbox through the more efficient reply, archive and search features of the latest version of the app. The update comes with an improved interface that is designed to make emailing more productive using faster actions. If you’re using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you can now reply, archive and delete messages right from notifications with a single tap.

This new single-tap feature can be used with the existing setup of selective notifications and ringtones for different labels and messages.  With the new feature, you can receive notifications for specific labels, and decide what to do with them on the spot. The screenshot below shows the new notification feature in action.

The update also brings faster search and better search suggestions for devices running Android 4.0 and up, which makes it faster and easier to find your way through your inbox offline or online. While the best parts of the update are reserved to devices running the Jelly Bean, those with Ice Cream Sandwich still get to enjoy the improvement to search and the regular bug fixes, and even older versions will get some performance improvements from this update.

Download the latest Gmail app from the Google Play store.

What do you think about the new version?


Source: Official Gmail Blog

  1. qox
    March 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    "delete messages right from notifications with a single tap"

    How ?

    • qox
      March 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Seriously, how ?

  2. Scott M
    March 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I'm relatively pleased with the current design.I'm certain that people who use it frequently will have a few improvement suggestions though.

  3. Nevzat A
    March 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I liked it, but however it's not on the level I expected yet. We need a dark interface (Holo black). There should be more than just 2 buttons on notifications, they should use mini icons for Delete, Archive, Reply, Mark As Read etc.

    • Saikat Basu
      March 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

      It is just an observation, but I think Google has always used minimal icons. I agree, though with your point about extra buttons. If we are going to process the email, why not do it there and then.

      • Nevzat A
        March 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

        I meant in order to use limited notification line's width efficiently, they could just cut the text and use only icons there, if the reason they put only 2 actions there is the limited space. I'm not against the current size of the icons :)

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