Gmail update is Improving Nexus 7 Support And Launches new Labels API

Posted on Aug 2 2012 - 11:25am by Brad Ward

UPDATE: Some users are reporting that they aren’t receiving e-mails anymore after the update. Other users are saying their notifications for Gmail not longer exist. There is actually a lot of problems being reported, so update Gmail at your own risk.

Google’s been updating a lot of apps today among those apps is Gmail. It’s gotten an update for better support with their new 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. The applications changelog is pretty sparse and does not say a whole lot. There’s little to see when it comes to the Nexus 7, but the highlight of it all is the new Labels API they released. It’s really hard to see how it’s actually improved though. There’s no visual changes and there’s never been any problems with using the application. Thus, it’s really hard to say if anything has actually improved up to this point. I’m sure they did something but there’s been no word why it needs more support and performance improvements. It’s really felt like a “incognito” update.

Secondly, we haven’t been told what’s up with the Labels API. All we know so far is that it’s for 3rd party developers. As a little speculation, this could mean some cool new themes or addons for Gmail depending on what the Labels API allows you to do. I already use an addon called Boomerang for the web client, it’d be interesting to see what developers will be able to do for the mobile application though.

Then again, it could be something completely different. I remember Google launching some sort of Labels feature into the web client a while back. I kind of wonder if this has anything to actually do with it. The Lablels feature was more like a “Most Important” e-mail type though. I don’t understand why you’d need an API for that. Oh well, speculation aside, there’s a new API in Gmail and we don’t know what it’s about. Hopefully Google will be able to tell us in the near future or at least a 3rd party developer finding out.

As always, it’s easy to download the update through Google Play. Just find your installed apps and then Gmail should notify you if you have an update or not. If you have it set for automatic update you probably already have it downloaded and didn’t even realize. If you want, you can also just hit this link to go and update the application too.

As we said earlier, we haven’t seen any visual improvements nor really any performance improvements. It feels pretty much the same as before. If you see any improvement or performance after the update and even bugs or glitches, let us know in the comments below! Also, we’d love to hear if you know what this new Labels API is about. If you know, feel free to explain and we’ll update the post!

Changelog:

Android 4.0 (ICS) and up:

  • Improved 7″ support
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Android 2.2 and up:

  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements