Gmail Update Brings Unified Inbox, Other Improvements

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Google announced this morning a rather sizable update to Gmail. The biggest new feature for most users will be the unified inbox option that now lives in the slide-out menu. For those of us with multiple work email addresses this will be particularly helpful, you can now see all of those emails piling up in one view! In addition you can combine work and personal email if you are searching for a file and you aren’t sure where it resides. Rest assured, you are not forced to use the unified inbox, those of you who like to separate your work and personal mail can still do so. To find the unified version, simply slide-out the menu on the left and choose “All inboxes.”

In addition to the unified inbox option, the update also brings improved conversation view to your non-Gmail accounts. If you use Yahoo, Outlook, or IMAP/POP those accounts will now have the same convenient conversation view we’ve always enjoyed for our Gmail account. Other improvements include a more refined mail search, with better auto-complete, and more fluid animations in the Gmail app itself. You can also now add a file to Google Drive with a single tap, and preview larger attachments directly in the app.

If this update sounds like something you are interested in you should definitely grab the APK from the link below. Google normally rolls out updates in waves, and I seem to always be in the last wave! If you grab the APK, let me know how you like it, I’m finding the unified inbox feature to be very convenient so far!

Gmail Updated APK 3/30

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"