An update to the Gmail app just hit the Play Store that brings a number of smaller-ish features, most of which are for Honeycomb tablets. The app now offers some of the benefits of ICS on its older brother:

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:

  • Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
  • Tap your account to access Recent labels
  • Set custom notifications for individual labels
  • Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline

It also brings some minor changes for users on Froyo or Gingerbread:

Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users get:

  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and pull it down to enjoy the new features!

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

    On my TF101 running Revolution HD ROM 3.1.0 with the ICS test10 kernel I get a message that it's not compatible with my device. I'm surprised since the update seems compatible with all prior Android versions...

  • sermojohn

    Hello, thanks for the info!
    Where can we find that New Labels API?

  • whargharbl

    And still no pinch to zoom. Ugh.

  • Pete

    The Gmail update from 4.0.4 to 4.0.5 removes the Experiments settings (contact chips and some search function)

  • Anthony T

    It's getting ridiculous. You'd think it's amateur hour, but this app is made by Google. I can't imagine that they don't know the demand for this by now. There must be a reason. Right?

    • Anthony T

      Hmm.. I meant to reply to "whargharbl" regarding the lack of pinh-to-zoom still.