With the release of Froyo, Google promised to start decoupling applications bundled with the Android at the core - we've already seen it done to Maps, Navigation, Street View, and other programs. Today Gmail joins the party with the rollout of a new version 2.3 that can now be installed from the Market.

What does it mean? Well, previously, the Gmail app was only updated when you upgrade the whole operating system. Now that the app is downloadable from the Market directly, any updates will be available immediately.

Unfortunately, only users of Froyo and above are able to install the standalone version - everyone else is out of luck.

What's New?

In addition to the above, the new app comes with a few new features and UI tweaks:

  • redesigned button header that can now float when you scroll (it floats fine on my colleague's Droid 2 but not on my EVO 4G, hrm…)
  • a dedicated Reply button in said header (woot!)
  • ability to set the default action of the Reply button to either Reply or Reply All
  • performance boost for most features
  • ability to show/hide quoted text (also doesn't seem to work on my EVO 4G)
  • limited Priority Inbox support

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Froyo users can download the new Gmail app from the Market by clicking the barcode below from their phone or scanning it with a Barcode Scanner app:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm

Source: Google Mobile blog

Artem Russakovskii
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  • http://twitter.com/LipGloss712 LipGloss712

    Excellent. Thanx.

  • http://www.episode-alert.com/ Staba

    Awesome news indeed!

  • burnedx420

    can´t find it with my Desire 2.2 ... Released only in some countries???

  • http://www.droidmanual.net Henry Chase

    So exciting especially since my regular email on my droid always seems to be screwing up! Great news!!

  • arkar

    I was surprise when I opened market place.I thought it was a mistake because I was patching cm6.Now it is confirmed, thank.

  • DennGir

    I am having the same problem with my Evo. The toolbar or whatever does not float.

    Just found this on Google's blog page
    Update 9/21/10 12:13pm Pacific time: There is a known issue with important actions not sticking to the top of the screen on HTC phones running Anrdoid 2.2, like the EVO 4G and
    the Droid Incredible. We are working to address this.

  • MarcVH

    Looks good. I'm surprised they didn't include the most obvious use for priority inbox: "only notify me of important emails."

    • David Ruddock

      I tend to agree. If only I could stop getting notifications for all the spam Artem sends me.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii


      • Aaron Gingrich

        I loled so hard at this.

  • jelen

    little warning for G1 users - I have Cyanogenmod 6.0 and i have installed gmail from market - since then i can't use home button and call/phone button - it just doesn't work anymore.. i am reflashing back to 6.0 without market gmail...

  • prowse!

    Can you PLEASE date ALL of your articles and blog posts.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      They are dated. Look at the date on the left towards the top.