Android: Updated Gmail App with Improved Priority Inbox Support and Improved Compose
Article by George Norman
On 10 Dec 2010
Mountain View-based search engine giant Google recently announced that it updated its Gmail app to version 2.3.2 and rolled it out to the Android Market. This latest update brings with it improved Priority Inbox support and improved compose.

People keeping track of these things will remember that Google rolled out Priority Inbox back in August to prevent email overload. Next month, in September, Google rolled out a new version of the Gmail app to the Android Market. The app came with several new features, including limited support for Priority Inbox.


A couple of days ago we were reporting that the Gmail team takes user feedback seriously in its stride to make Priority Inbox – for the desktop Gmail version – better. Turns out user feedback is used to make Priority Inbox in the Android Gmail app better as well. As Gmail for Android team member Paul Westbrook explained, the team received thousands of comments on the September release and enhanced the Gmail app based on those comments.

“You told us that you love Priority Inbox and expect much better support for it on your phone. Now you can see important messages in a new Priority Inbox view. This view includes all important messages in your inbox, regardless of whether you’ve read them or not. You can archive and delete conversations or mark them unimportant from there,” said Paul Westbrook.

Westbrook went on to say that Android users will now see the same importance markers they see in the desktop version of Gmail, and that Android users can change a conversation’s importance using the menu. He also said that Android users can set up their mobile devices to notify, vibrate, or ring when they get a new important message.

User feedback has been taken into consideration to improve compose in the Gmail app for Android. Westbrook again: “Many of you asked for a better way to switch between replying to the sender to replying to all. Now, you can easily switch between reply, reply all, and forward while composing your response. 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. In addition, you can now respond to messages in-line.”

You can get the Gmail app from the Android Market or you can simply scan the QR code presented below. It works with Android 2.2 and newer; it is available in these countries .

You can learn more about Priority Inbox here.

Tags: Google, Gmail, Android, Gmail for Android, Priority Inbox
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