Gmail, probably the most used app on my Evo 4G, will be getting a major facelift with the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, bringing it into line with - and, in some ways, surpassing - its Honeycomb counterpart.

First of all, Gmail for Ice Cream Sandwich features an "action bar" at the bottom of the screen, much like Honeycomb's action bar, which allows users to create messages, search, sync, and more with just one touch. When messages are selected, the action bar changes to reflect your most commonly used actions, allowing for breezy batch operations.

Adding even more shine to the new UI, the message view has been majorly streamlined, eliminating all the distracting drop shadows and rounded edges we saw in Gingerbread, in favor of simple headers (with lovely contact photos), and even 2-line previews in the inbox, to give you a peek at what's inside each email before you open it.

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In keeping with ICS' other interfaces, users can swipe between Gmail messages - something that adds even more to the simplified, intuitive nature of Android's latest iteration. Additionally, users can now search through messages when offline. By default, Gmail will save the last 30 days of your correspondences, allowing you to find important messages quickly and easily, no matter where you are.

In many ways, I see the new Gmail app for ICS as an improvement even over Honeycomb's native app. It's smoother, faster, and looks amazing. Since I use the Gmail app at least a dozen times each day, it's nice to see that it's gotten some special attention this time around.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://turbofool.com TurboFool

    Is there any way to get this in the emulator? I don't see it and would love to play with it.

    • colby

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  • Jamie

    Please, please, please let there be a way to turn off conversation view. I love gmail, but conversation view annoys me to no end. Not holding my breath though because you can't do it in HC either.

  • skitchbeatz

    I'm curious. Will the new versions of apps like gmail be available to phones running 2.2+?

  • Franz

    So, where is the apk for this?

  • Franz

    So, where is the apk for this? Why can't we have it?

  • Mike G

    can you pinch to zoom when viewing an email?

  • FallenCow


    Why can we still not zoom in and out to view the entire message!

  • Tomcat

    Everyone is talking about GMail, but what about the normal email app? (The one for IMAP accounts)

    Has it been forgotten?

    The stock android email app lacks so many features, it is in dire need of improvement :/

    You cant even select multiple emails at once (for example to delete or move them)...

    • shanth

      +1. definitely google should look onto this improvement!

  • Jon

    Does it have pinch to zoom? Useless to me still if not. When they said number 1 requested feature i assumed they were going to mean pinch to zoom not offline messages :(

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    I don't think that this ice cream sandwich feature is going to be that big of idea because I don't think that a lot of people actually know about the feature.

  • http://www.listofandroidphones.info nic

    would be great to zoom in and out to view entire message