Last Updated: October 14th, 2012

Today, we are thrilled to share some exciting news about the next version of Gmail for Android. We may or may not be in possession of an unreleased version of Gmail, which may or may not have come from an LG Nexus system dump. One thing I am sure of is we definitely have video of it, which is just one short paragraph away.

Update: You can download the new Gmail here: [Exclusive] Download: The Unreleased Gmail 4.2 APK With Pinch-To-Zoom And More.

Let's get right to the good stuff. FINALLY, Gmail is going to have pinch zoom. It's easily the most wanted Gmail feature, with over 1600 stars on the Android bug tracker. You can see that and the new swipe to archive/delete feature in this video:

You may commence freaking out now. This video, by the way, was taken on my Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1, so it's not just for Android 4.2.

wm_2012-10-11-20.45wm_2012-10-11 20.49.03wm_2012-10-11 20.49.09

If you want more details, we've got them. The about screen says it's Gmail version 4.2. Besides pinch zoom, the other major new feature is "swipe to archive/delete," which, just like a notification, will let you swipe away messages from your inbox.

wm_2012-10-11 20.47.05wm_2012-10-11 20.47.09

Gmail has made this feature nice and configurable; digging through the options will let you change your swipes to "No effect" "Archive or delete" or "Always Delete." The default, "Archive or delete," will archive swiped messages when you're in the inbox, delete swiped messages when you're in All Mail or Sent, and remove a label when you're in a label-only view.

wm_2012-10-11 20.53.01wm_2012-10-11 20.53.13

And we'll finish with the least exciting feature ever, you can now report a message as phishing. Woo.

We aren't allowed to share the APK just yet, but we're working on getting the permission necessary to do so. You would need to be rooted and running 4.0+. No promises though.

If we happen to come across anything else, we'll let you know. I'm going to go dig through some more stuff.

Update: We ran into more stuff. Go read about it here: Getting To Know The Upcoming Gmail 4.2 - Revamped Attachments, Better Navigation, And More!

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • scuttlefield

    Too awesome! Waiting for the APK! :)

  • Glenn


  • Greg


    • Alvin B.

      If by Kraken, you mean the APK, then yes, Release!

      Btw, curious how it would look on a tablet.

      • ericl5112

        I would assume exactly the same as above, with another column thrown in.

  • Scuzzy19


  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur


  • Despyse

    ♫ Have I told you lately... that I love you? ♫

    • nsnsmj

      Not sure if a butchering of Tyrese's song, or another song.

      Anyway, this is great news.

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

        As long as it's not Bieber, we'll take it.

      • crankyd00d

        Definitely great news, I have been planning to use gmail with an IMAP email app just for this feature but I didn't want to sacrifice the native gmail app for that. My Nexus is ready and waiting!

      • QwietStorm

        Tyrese? LOL really?

        • http://twitter.com/jdhas jdhas

          Kids these days, right?

      • Alexander Procter

        Van Morrison actually.

        • John Zander

          I've always thought of that as a Rod Stewart song, really.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I wish they'd allow me to delete from the archives or just send it straight to the trash bin.

    • Freak4Dell

      Um, did you even read the article? That is exactly what they allow you to do.

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        Yes, I did read it. I must have misunderstand is all.

        Geez. no reason to be rude.

  • Bryan

    How about turning conversation view off? I like my mail individual, not munged in groups, causing me to miss emails for work.

  • akellar

    delete from notifications would be nice

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deepak-Kumar/100000566224312 Deepak Kumar

      this is exactly the feature i am waiting for...i amn't bothered by swipe feature from within the Gmail app, but delete from notifications (that goes for sms also) is a neat addition...

    • John

      Hell ya. I think about wanting this feature every time I get a new e-mail I don't need. I end up just swiping it away & deal with it later since I'm too lazy to go into the app & do it.

    • Scott

      Delete from notifications would be awesome.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I want that so bad.

  • John

    About. Damn. Time.

    Can't wait!

  • musashiken

    Yes!! I am seriously freaking out now!!!

  • JLishere

    Lots of goodies from Google lately... Android 4.1.2. High-res contacts. One finger notifications. Gmail update. Zagat. Field Trip. Play Movies & TV on Google TV. I hope they keep coming! (wish list: new Navigation UI in Maps and messaging integration: Talk, Google+ Messenger, Voice and Messaging rolled into one app).

    • Kevin

      You forgot that the new Play Store lets you delete apps from My Apps!

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

      Offline navigation would be sweet, eh?

    • Alexander Procter

      And updated Streetview.

    • John

      Just seeing them do anything to the Talk app would be nice

  • Freak4Dell

    This is so much more exciting than crap about that LG Nexus.

    • fixxmyhead

      dude ur probably gonna buy it

      • Freak4Dell

        Not a chance. It's huge, it's ugly, and it's LG. The latter 2 I could deal with, but I will not put up with huge...at least not when there's great smaller options available. Barring other Nexus devices being released, my money is going to a RAZR M or RAZR i.

        • fixxmyhead

          its not 'huge' and it looks like a galaxy nexus which looks pretty good. come man u think guys with 4.7 weiner say "ermmagerd my weiner is huge" come on be real. this .4in difference is nothing. also motorolla is terrible, the worst i would NEVER buy any of those phones. in fact i NEVER even think about them when i buy a phone.

          • Freak4Dell

            Way to argue like an adult. Come back when you have analogies that make sense, rather than comparing apples and rhinoceroses.

            It's not just a 0.4" difference in screen size...it's a difference in overall size. The M and i are smaller than most phones with 4" screens, and they're absolutely dwarfed by something with a 4.7" or 4.8" screen. If you want to carry a brick in your pocket, be my guest, but I will not do so.

            You're free to have your opinion about Motorola. I've tried every brand out there, and while HTC has similar (and possibly better) build quality, nobody can match the Motorola radios. It's absolutely stupid to "never even think about" a manufacturer, though, considering how rapidly technology evolves. My experience with LG hasn't been great, but I wouldn't swear them off completely.

            And learn how to use the shift key properly. It's obviously not broken, since you yelled "NEVER" twice.

          • fixxmyhead

            it was only to emphasize it my hatred against motorolla. but u make it seem like there bricks which there not. these things are not those 80's motorolla actual brick phones. dont tell me u wear those skinny jeans. is that why

          • Freak4Dell

            No, I don't wear skinny jeans. I wouldn't even fit into skinny jeans.

  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5!!!

  • Greek_Ice

    System Dump you say?

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    SAY WHAAAAA????!!!

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I love the fact that Matias is adding features from WebOS to Android.

    • abqnm

      This should have been in Android 2.0.

    • ericl5112

      I don't think this is a webOS feature. It's an every OS but android feature as far as I know. So glad we're getting it. One of the few things I'm jealous of other OS's for.

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    I'm not complaining but I don't get the furvor. I can't recall ever reading an email on my phone or N7 and feeling the need to zoom in on it. Do most people get a lot of embedded pictures or something?

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

      I get HTML-formatted emails all the time that don't reflow. Sometimes it means reading something while having to pan left and right. Sometimes you just can't see anything because the whole email is a picture and you need to zoom in.

      • ericl5112

        and then you pan left or right too far and end up in another email.

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

          Yes! All the time.

    • crankyd00d

      Umm it is not about the zoom in...it's all about the zoom out

      • abqnm

        Exactly. I hate having to constantly scroll left and right to read an email.

  • http://twitter.com/ncoulombe Nathan Coulombe

    What about a combined inbox feature, like the stock 'email' app has always had? That'd be a nice addition.

  • shakerya

    But I never delete messages on Gmail :(

    • Larizard

      im at 30% of my Gmail storage :/

  • Elliott Hansen

    I couldn't tell, are you able to zoom out as well? I get a lot of emails where I have to swipe to the left and right in order to read the whole thing, it would be awesome to not have to do that anymore.

  • JG

    Maybe a stupid question, but... Why are the options "Do Nothing", "Archive or Delete", and "Always Delete"? What happened to "Always Archive"? Wasn't one of Google's main selling points for GMail the fact they offer so much storage you never have to delete another email ever again?

    • Julio M

      "Always Archive": was it ever there as an option?

    • Freak4Dell

      If you're in the Inbox, and you have chosen Archive or Delete, it will automatically Archive. It will only delete if you are in the All Mail or Sent boxes. There's nowhere to archive to in those boxes, because All Mail is the archive itself, and Sent has no real archive. So, having an Archive Only option would do absolutely nothing in these containers. The only place for those emails to go is either the trash (delete), or back to the Inbox. This still promotes the "never delete" campaign, but combines two functions into one option and chooses the appropriate function based which container you are browsing.

  • http://chrisbauer.org Chris Bauer

    May God bless Matias Duarte.

  • Djones

    Wow, great new features, can't wait for this update. Did they by any chance add an option to select all emails in a folder? Or to clear the trash? Those are some basic features that prevent the android app from being a complete web-app replacement, even if you can generally get by without them.

  • ericl5112

    I can already guess, this is going to be my favorite 4.2 feature (though I assume the gmail update will be available to ICS+ at least).

  • Alexander Procter

    This is a feature I often see people complaining about even when a blog post has nothing to do with Gmail.. What is the 2nd most requested feature in Android?

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

      Unified messaging perhaps.

      • Alexander Procter

        Yeah, the messaging situation is quite confusing and something I think should be tidied up.

        I just looked at the bug tracker and it seems Arabic support and ad-hoc wifi are high on the list.

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

          Didn't Arabic get resolved in JB?

          • Alexander Procter

            Ah yes. You are right..... of course :)

      • blunden

        The potential downside I can see with Google implementing that is that it would probably mean that the Messaging app would stop being open source. That would mean none of the CM additions and fixes to it would be possible. At least Sprint has some quirkyness that needs to be fixed in the app.

        Sadly, Google seems to be moving in that direction already in some ways. It used to be that the apps were open source and the proprietary syncing with Google was a separate closed source apk. Both Gallery and Calendar has moved to being released as special Google-versions where the SyncAdapter code is included in the same apk. It happened for Gallery in JB and for Calendar already back in 4.0.4. Thankfully the GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk from 4.0.3 still works in 4.1.2.

        Chrome is another example. The Android version's source code has yet to be included in AOSP. They have released the source for an earlier version but I have yet to see the current version released in Play Store be available in the chromium source tree. Hopefully that is coming though.

    • Matthew Fry

      My second most requested thing would be that Google cleans up their interfaces so they follow their own design guidelines (as outlined by Ron himself in another article iirc)

  • Guillaume Serrurier

    Where's my apk!!! :O ;-)

  • Tim

    It's. About. Fucking. Time! As a fellow redditor said, "Well, that's it guys. We officially have nothing else to bitch about. Time to pack up and head home."

    • Bleakvision

      Maps and Chrome performance need improvement. I still can't look at old calendar entries...

  • http://www.facebook.com/bella.pease.75 Bella Pease

    On a Nexus 7 running the latest update (4.1.2), my Gmail version is 4.1.2, so this being listed as 4.2 in Gmail almost confirms that the next Nexus will launch with a new OS:) Now the big question is what will 4.2 be called, Key Lime Pie?

    • daudi78

      Don't think so. I am still on 4.1.1 and my gmail version is 4.1.2

      • blunden

        Actually, the version of the Gmail app has in the past often lined up with the version number of the upcoming Android version. It's often released some time before the OS release.

  • ConCal

    Android is the best!!!

  • Mike

    I wish the swipe feature would let you mark as read, archive, delete.
    And if you would swipe down, expand the first lines of the email, just like in the notification bar, for a quick glance :)

    Pinch to zoom is long overdue :)

  • brklynmark

    Ron, who are you waiting for permission from? Since it's not an official release, who's assuming authority for when it gets released/leaked? And why not cut us a break and anonymously post it somewhere?

    • blunden

      Releasing it when having been explicitly asked not to do so would be a good way to never get leaks like this again.

      • brklynmark

        Good point, though he and his source aren't the only people with the APK so an anonymous upload somewhere wouldn't indicate anything

  • TeddyvN

    How about sending an email to a group? Feature very long overdue...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    Scumbag Steve discovers leaked gmail apk. Reviews it in detail but doesn't link to it.

  • grellanl

    Best news ever. The Gmail app is starting to feel unusable on phones because almost every message I receive these days is HTML and much wider than the screen. Can you start zoomed out?

    Also, the left/right swipe between messages was horrible without this.

  • cowgar

    does it still opens URLs in the default android browser? well - this bugs me more than a zoom feature for sure...

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      I always get asked what browser I want to use?

  • Vallhalen

    I know its strange but damn i like your english style :D xD (u from that video :P)

    • Larizard

      Ron has a very soothing voice.

  • omar300i

    i hope kill all apps button is coming too.

    • John Zander

      Uh... why?

  • Bleakvision

    Finally, four years of waiting are over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tochi-Nwodu/539679537 Tochi Nwodu

    Where's the apk

  • IncCo

    NOW we only need to be able to delete or archive emails from the notification area in jelly bean! Work your magic google, maybe we'll get to see that in another year.

  • DeadSOL

    Have you guys noticed how GSMArena is stealing all of your articles? Well, they do mention your website but they've got nothing original going on over there.

    • John

      Typical of them. I took them off my RSS long time ago for that exact reason.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bajica Branimir Matković

      "nothing original" lol, they have the best phone reviews also the best phone database on internet ;)

  • Lookatthemonkeys

    Any word if this will be brought to the stock Email app too? The pinch to zoom out of emails really urks me coming from iOS. It is a pain having to constantly scroll and and right in HTML messages.

  • Mathieu


  • Magnus100

    About freaking time! This is a very welcome development, I only wonder why the heck it took so long.

  • strikeir13

    Would love to see actionable notifications, i.e. delete/archive from the notification pane... dunno why Google hasn't done that yet

  • Tom Perry

    Can you "select all" yet? It's THE biggest feature that's missing, if I get 10 emails I have to select each one individually which is lame!

    • John O’Connor

      I don't know about you but most users don't apply an all action to their gmail. i have over 15,000 emails and i certainly wouldnt want to be apply any ALL feature to them. Oops, I just deleted all my email

      • Bryan

        John, I don't know about you, but I sort the mail I want to keep into 'labels' - essentially folders. This keeps my Inbox clean and manageable. When new emails come in, I don't always feel the need to read every email. I like to be able to read and file the ones I want, then "select all" of the rest, mark them as read, and then file them individually as needed. The select all feature was removed, and Tom and I (and a lot of others) would like it returned, even if you don't want to delete all of your email.

        • John O’Connor

          This thread is a blast from the past!!!

          I understand that sometimes there is a need for this feature, but it was probably removed because of the ease of use to accidently put all mail in the trash and/or archive and not be able to find it. I am not talking power users like us.

          Don't get me wrong, I love using labels in GMail and found many instances where that particular feature came in handy, but can also see the other side of the equation. There are many forums (and even entire websites!!) dedicated to blind hatred of Google with the common thread being that "Google supposedly deleted all of their emails."

          9 times out of 10 most of these people archived them or sent them to the trash accidently. And at least half of the remaining ten percent never realized this before the 30 day purge cycle claimed the trashed emails for good.

          I totally understand where you are coming from on this. Perhaps this should be a feature that can be turned on -in labs- (ah crap, labs was shuttered) deep in the settings menu, but disabled by default for the average user. Or even monetize a gmail pro app for one whole dollar, to bring every conceivable (and even beta) option to the professional gmailer.

  • pj25

    I was hoping it would provide viewing options other than conversation view.

  • Rob

    Hopefully they'll one day enable the ability to move things out of the SPAM folder (reassign labels) and to Select All and Delete items (the real remaining SPAM) in the SPAM folder. Maybe? Someday? Needing to go to a conventional desktop to perform these tasks defeats part of the purpose of having a mobile version and often (at least in my world) gets pushed to the end of the never-ending list of things to do.

  • TingVoo

    This makes a whole lot of sesne dude.

  • http://twitter.com/bk_phil BK Phil

    Will it finally allow you to turn of the (#$&#$% conversation view?

  • Flexible_Tech_Chick

    Pinch-to-zoom? Wow! What an amazing new feature! Almost like many other similar programs that have already had that feature for YEARS.

    Thank you, Gmail App, for leaving out basic features... and then finally deciding to put it in.

  • http://ptetech.blogspot.com/ Mahfooz

    what about ios

  • Shivam Patel


  • TechGuy21

    beast yes finally

  • Derek

    Uh...who cares about zooming in, what about zooming out? Everything is already way too zoomed in to begin with.

  • IceBeam

    About time. But the stupid children who work as programmers for google have perfect vision, and don't give a shit about anybody else.

  • GazaIan


  • Jarule

    How about multiple inboxes on one screen?

  • slickware

    The only feature I want from Android Gmail?
    I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Googling for a solution reveals - surprise - lots of people hate it.
    We can turn it off on the web, why not on Android?

  • TransWarp

    Maybe I'm in the minority here but all these colors are rather annoying. I like seeing the pic of messages from my contacts but I think these Metro-ish colors need to go. Is there a way to disable them?

    And agreed with Artem, the buttons on top makes them difficult to press when using one hand.