Google’s official email application on Google Play for Android has a new update – and it is quite impressive if you ask me. The performance enhancements on the new update now brings most features that were introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the application including a new notification and actions on the notification. In the older Gmail application (or current if you have not updated), there is nothing much a user can do when they get a notification of a new mail without opening the mail.
The new update brings one of the best features to Gmail that enables a user to read and reply to an email even without opening the actual program. These actions can be carried out right on the action window. Users who are running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above can now find the official Gmail application easier to use and it takes fewer actions to take action on a new email. This long awaited update also comes with improved performance for the program including a faster search for users for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices and up – including offline searches and improved response time. Aside from these, the update now brings other functions including deleting an email right from the notification window, moving an email to a specific folder or archiving an email.
Unfortunately, only users with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and later operating system will be able to experience the full benefits of the small but valuable update to the application. Google also listed a number of error fixes on the new update including a fix for API labels for third party apps developers. With the new update, deleting an email moves it to the bin rather than completely deleting the mail. This new safety net eliminates accidental deletion of important mails.
This may be a small update but for those of us who had resorted to switching to a different email application such as Aqua Mail and K-9 Mail, it is worth giving Gmail a shot. If you would like to download the Gmail application, it is available on Google Play here.