Mike Lewis | Dec 04 2012 09:25 PM
It would be safe to say that most of our readers have used the latest version of GMail on their devices. There have been flashable versions and a decent number of us are using Jelly Bean 4.2. These features were available only on these 4.2 devices, all two or three of them. But now with the latest update from Google, anyone using Android version 4 and above (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean), now get to enjoy these improvements as well. Here's a list of their latest enhancements via the Play Store:
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up:
- Auto-fit messages to screen and message zooming
- Swipe messages to archive or delete
- Attach photos and videos from within Gmail
- Larger photo previews and gallery view for photo attachments
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
Android 2.2 and up:
- New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
- Performance improvements
There are even a few updates for those running Froyo and up, but nothing as significant as the updates for those using anything over Ice Cream Sandwich. Many of us have enjoyed many of these features for a while including the auto fit and message zooming which were both highly anticipated. The swiping motions are all there (make sure settings are changed to see them) as well as the preview gallery and attachment updates.
GMail is one of the "gateway services" that initially brought many of us to the Android platform, and it's often been the catalyst for bringing those that stray away from Android onto other platforms back. Seeing this core experience app improve over time is paramount to maintaining their edge in the battleground of mobile email clients and keeping the Android platform fresh. Share any thoughts you about the update or GMail in general in the comments.