Google Updates Gmail App, Makes Interesting Improvements
Article by George Norman
On 24 Sep 2010
Mountain View-based search engine giant Google recently announced that it updated its Gmail app and that the new version has been rolled out to the Android Market. Please note that the updated version requires Android 2.2 codename Froyo.

In the past Gmail updates were directly linked to Android version releases – this is no longer the case. The Gmail app now receives updates and gets new features independent of system updates.
As Google explained, the new version of the Gmail app comes with “improved message replies, access to quoted text, and more.” Let’s take a look at the bits and pieces you can expect to get from the Gmail app.

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In the new Gmail app, the most important message actions are no more than one click away. This is because they are always displayed at the top of the screen. They stick to the top of the screen so that you can easily access these functions – and they stay there no matter how long the email is.

The Gmail app is now more like the desktop version. You can easily view content from a previous message if you don’t remember what prompted the most recent email in a thread. Simply tap “Show quoted text” and the contents of the previous message will be revealed.

This August Google rolled out a cool new Gmail feature called Priority Inbox . The Gmail app provides limited support for Priority Inbox . This means you will see an “Important” label if you enabled Priority Inbox via the desktop version of Gmail.

Priority Inbox is, as Google explained, meant to prevent email overload. Based on Google’s spam filtering technology, Priority Inbox can predict which emails are important and which emails are just junk. If you for example receive an email from a contact your regularly exchange emails with, Priority Inbox will detect that email as important.

On the desktop version of Gmail, Priority Inbox works by splitting your inbox in three sections:
Important and unread – this is the important email that you need to take a look at.
Starred – not so important emails that you starred so that you can read them at a later time.
Everything else – the rest of your emails, pretty much everything that is not important.

Getting back to the Gmail app for Android 2.2, you can get the app from the Android Market or by simply scanning the QR code below.





Tags: Google, Gmail, Android
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