Gmail for Android update adds reply and archive from notifications

March 18, 2013
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Google has rolled out the latest update for Gmail on Android. This latest update is available by way of the Google Play Store and it brings some new functionality for those running Jelly Bean. This update also brings some performance improvements for those running older flavors of Android.

Beginning first with the goodies for Jelly Bean users. These deal with the notification shade and are rather simple. They are also rather convenient. Basically, those running Android 4.1 will now be able to reply, archive or delete a message directly from the notification shade. In other words, moving forward less opening of the Gmail app will be required.

The changes for those running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich include faster search. Google notes that the faster searching should also be seen when you are running offline. Ice Cream Sandwich users have also gotten some unspecified performance improvements and bug fixes.

Finally, those running Android 2.2 or later also have some unspecified performance improvements. Those with Android 2.2 or later also have a new labels API available for third party app developers. All said and done, while it seems that Jelly Bean users got the best deal here, it is nice to see Google paying attention to the older versions as well. With that, those with an Android device in hand should launch the Play Store on their device and proceed to update.

[via Official Gmail Blog]


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