Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Just today, Google announced on their mobile blog that an updated version of Gmail is now available in the Market for all phones running Android 2.2, Froyo. The update brings a number of new features, including a completely redesigned message header. The header now stays docked at the top as you scroll down, making replying, starring, and other options very easy to access.
The Star and Reply buttons are at the top right, and the sender is at the top left. By tapping the right-most arrow button, you can expand a set of options that include Reply, Reply All, and Forward.
The new version also adds the ability to tap "show quoted text" as you're replying to expand the message you're replying to. This has long been a feature of the desktop version of Gmail, and now it's available on Android.
Finally, this version includes preliminary support for the new Priority Inbox. If you have Priority Inbox enabled for your account, you will see an Important label in your label list. Tapping this takes you to your priority messages. You can even add this label as a shortcut to your homescreen to have one-tap access to your priority inbox.
The update is available in the Market now for all phones running Android 2.2, Froyo. Unfortunately, no mention was made about previous versions of Android. There are some comments saying that it's not available on international versions of the Market, but that is likely a temporary issue.
This app joins the ranks of Voice Search and Street View in being decoupled from the core OS to allow updates via the Market. This will allow people to update the apps even if their carrier refuses core OS updates. To download the new version, search the Market for Gmail, tap here from your phone, or scan this QR Code.
I'm also glad that it's a separate app that can be updated separately, because these carriers can't be trusted...