Gmail for Android hasn't received much love lately, but Google definitely hasn't forgotten about it. The new version 2.3.5 (curiously, it matches the latest Gingerbread release version), which showed up tonight, brings a host of new features, including one that I was *just* thinking of yesterday after clicking the "Show Pictures" button for the 1800th time.

The new features are:

  1. Save bandwidth and battery by only syncing priority mail
  2. Use label notifications to mash up filters, labels, and ringtones
  3. Remember ‘Show Pictures’ for senders
  4. Turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations
  5. Better TalkBalk support for accessibility
  6. Performance improvements

As I mentioned, my favorite is definitely the sticky "Show Pictures" setting, which means I won't have to click the annoying button in every email that I receive from all the deals sites on a daily basis. Excellent. I'm not sure whether the list of approved senders is synced between all devices and Gmail.com itself, but I have my doubts.

Update: As spotted by geemaan's sharp eyes, the new Gmail allows for downloading of attachments that previously only had the Preview button. Hooray!

As for the rest of the new additions, here are most of them at a glance:

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Great job, Google. Now give us pinch-to-zoom in HTML emails, and we'll be ecstatic!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • nicky

    and still the boring black & white status bar icon...WTF DUDES!

    • bob

      How is that boring? It fits the theme of the other icons and, in my opinion, has that understated classy look. Do you really need a gaudy colored icon?

      • nicky

        no, but i'd appreciate the CHOICE

  • Jim

    Hot damn!

    "Remember ‘Show Pictures’ for senders"

    ^huge for me. have wanted this feature for quite some time

  • geemaan

    And also Download besides Preview for PDF files!

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

      Looks like that applies to all attachments. Yay!

  • Raviteja

    Mine is still :(

    Edit: Just now saw in Android Market and clicked on update :)

    • Raviteja

      and How your Gmail app status bar icon colors is in Black and Grey? Mine in Blue.I like the Black one any Idea how to change it?

  • David

    Yet still no included widget that shows unread mail count like just about every other messaging app. So we do without or download a 3rd party widget that must check mail separately at the cost of battery.

  • Andras

    After this update the unread counter from the dock icon disappeared. Any idea why? How to fix this?

    • Sheena

      From what I heard from the devs of the apps that I use that tap into Gmail to get the inbox items to show in widgets or notifications or whatever Gmail made some changes that no longer allows this kind of functionality (sorry I don't know the technical terms to it) but yeah it's not a bug or anything.

      Anyway, wooh! It's about time they implemented those features. Download attachments! Finally!

  • Ping Ling

    I wonder when will we get the super-advanced functionality "Mark all as read"...

  • Jasper

    Something's gone wrong with mine. I no longer get the preview or download button next to any attachment! It's really annoying.

    I can see the file, but I can't do anything with it. Does anyone know of a fix?

  • Hussain Al-Khalaf

    I don't know if this was from earlier version or not, but if you received an apk file as an attachement, then it will not give you download.. but Install option :D