Update: This Gmail client update is only for devices with Android 2.2 or higher.

Gmail for Android received a substantial update from Google this afternoon - and the AndroidPolice team has agreed: some of the improvements are long overdue, while some of them are just plain cool.

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The change blurb that you'll find on the Market page lists some of the biggies, but a major one (for us, at least) has been excluded: quick folder switching. In the top left corner of whichever folder you were in, there was a simple label indicating the name of the folder. This is now a button, similar to the account button at the top right. No more pressing the menu button to get to your folders!

So what else has changed?

  • Priority Inbox Support (You can now set it as your default folder, too)
  • Major changes to reply / compose UI
    • New send / save buttons at top right
    • "Respond inline" and "include text" options in reply screen
    • Reply / Reply All / Forward toggle menu in reply screen
  • Compose screen allows you to choose to send from any address linked to your Gmail accounts
  • "Bug Fixes" (I noticed sending emails with attachments happens a lot faster, whereas before there was a major delay)

The new send and save buttons look very Gingerbread to me. All other stylistic changes for Gingerbread would probably be happening at the API level, so we'll have to wait and see on that (text boxes, check marks, menus, etc).

If you want to grab it with a quick tap or a snapshot, here's the QR link.

QR code for market://details?id=com.google.android.gm

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Neil Phillips

    You STILL can't send from a Group (a group that you have in your Gmail Contacts).
    This is still a major shortfall. MailDroid doesn't have it either but the Mail program in the HTC Sense UI does on the EVO 4G.

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

    I'm mostly excited about responding inline and switching Reply/Reply All/Forward on the fly, like you can do on Gmail.com. Very nice update.

  • peter

    Appbrain says "Your device has Android 2.1. However this app is for Android version 2.2 and higher"

    • David Ruddock


  • http://technocrate.net nailerr

    Not in the German Market yet it seems. UK Galaxy S with 2.2 JPO, the market just states that the requested item can not be found. Perhaps later.

  • scottishwildcat

    And yet, still no way to select all messages.

  • SiliconAddict

    OMG! You can finally send a response as another e-mail address! About fraking time! Thank you google!

  • jean edwards

    What does sending a response "inline" mean?

  • Jim Robinson

    Why can I not delete messages? I have to go to pc or use web version.

  • Evan

    Yeah but you can't even bold or underline text in your email?!?!