Last Updated: October 14th, 2012

If you haven't heard, we've got an unreleased copy of Gmail 4.2. Yesterday we showed you the major new features: pinch zoom and swipe to archive/delete, and today we've made a few more discoveries we thought you'd like to know about.

As usual, the old (well, current) version is on the left and the new, unreleased version is on the right.

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Attachments have been totally revamped. For starters, attachments are now below your message, where they belong, instead of above, like in the current version. Here, in the right image, you can see the message text, but you'd have to scroll down to see it on the left. (Don't worry about the missing Google Talk status. I broke mine. Guess how.)

If your attachments are pictures, they are now big giant thumbnails, which are much more viewable. You also lose the "View" and "Save" buttons on the main screen. So where did they go?

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Here they are! You can now pick Save, Save all, Share, or Share all from the menu button while viewing a picture. Gmail also doesn't kick you out to the Gallery anymore when viewing pictures, it has its own picture viewer. Note how the app icon is still Gmail's. I'm not sure what the benefit of that is, but it is different.

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The new navigation dropdown now pins a shortcut to your inbox to the top of the list. You can now finally, easily go from All Mail to Inbox from the dropdown. It also shows more items.

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Gmail now displays the number of unread items for the current label in the top right hand corner. It used to only do this in the Inbox, but Google has seen fit to put it everywhere. I like it. The menu button is also hiding a new shortcut to the settings for that label. Cool.

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Last but not least, the "Message text size" option in settings is now dead. We've got pinch zoom now, though, so who cares? If you have bad vision, there's a system-wide accessibility setting that will increase the text size for everything. The settings background has also changed from white to gray.

That should be everything new in the next version of Gmail. And, oh, we've got some good news! We've gotten permission to release the Gmail 4.2 APK. That will happen sometime today. Stay tuned!

Update: You can download the new Gmail here: [Exclusive] Download: The Unreleased Gmail 4.2 APK With Pinch-To-Zoom 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.
  • aNYthing6

    Permission to release it?! YAY!

  • aaronfg

    Sucks that message text size is gone. I'd rather have reflowed larger text than having to pinch to zoom and then pan left and right.

    • http://youtagged.me/ pache71

      I don't know about you but I have always had to pan left and right, so this will be a welcome feature!

    • Tomi Golob

      Well...i understand you. But to add to what you said,maybe they should add a function in settings for text overflow when using pinch-to-zoom? Would be perfect

  • Taskman

    Ohh. Really want that APK :)

  • mesmorino

    Meh. Not to the article, but to the Gmail app itself.

    • QwietStorm


      • mesmorino

        Lol what? In an Internet full of comments for and comments against, I can't be indifferent?

        Big shout out to all the dumbasses who down voted the comment, because being indifferent is apparently now a bad thing :)

        • QwietStorm

          Well in an internet full of comments contributing to a discussion on a specific topic, yours was "meh." Yea, lol what

        • Dumbass

          you call dumbass who, you dumbass?

          • mesmorino

            Haha well played

        • Tomi Golob

          I think they voted down the quality of your comment not because of your opinion. I would cathegorize the quality of your opinion and comment as "meh..."... Karma? :D

          • mesmorino

            Yep! :D

          • Tomi Golob

            Lol :D okay then

  • http://twitter.com/timish Tim

    Will the apk be compatible with ICS? Or is it JB-only? I guess we'll find out later today :o

    • Chris Guanche

      That was my first thought since my phone and tablet are both on ICS.

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

      The minsdkversion is 14, so you should only need ICS.

      • Tomi Golob

        Does it have any funny sideffects to Google Talk?

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


          • Tomi Golob

            Okay,thanks :)

  • aatifsumar

    When The Entire Community Is Salivating For The Leaked App
    *Bane Meme*Then You Have My Permission To Release The APK

  • John

    Wow, I'm surprised you got permission this soon!


  • David Fleck

    Release the B! I want.

  • Brandon Heid

    Quesiton: Does it still not allow you to download .zip files??

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

      Nope. Really dumb, but it's still not letting you do that.

      • Tomi Golob

        Aww come on!! Also no sent message notifications(or outgoing email progress bar) and dark theme... i just hope they fixed that stuck "sending" nonsense,when sometimes gmail wont send an attachment or the attachment wont attach... have you tested it yet with different file types if that bug still persists?

  • Joaquín Tuduri

    So are the Sparrow folk already working on Gmail?

  • http://twitter.com/mxpwr4 Steve Bennet

    permission from who?

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

      From the Android Almighty himself (or herself).

      • Tomi Golob

        Why would anyone thumb down your comment? :) some people,huh? I expect i will get a few after this one

  • Havoc70

    Nice, hand out the APK. Looking forward to this

  • sharing.Is.caring

    Share or STFU about it.

  • blunden

    Is it signed with the same key as the Play Store app? If so, I don't see why it would require root as you should be able to just install it.

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

      The problem is, it's not. Both keys are Google's, so I'm guessing one is test and one is prod.

  • eleazar

    Wooot! release it! release it! release it! release it! :P

  • http://www.technoaddictions.com/ Tyler K

    Gmail finally got the love it needed. Looking forward to checking out the APK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.davidson Leo Davidson

    Looks like good stuff in this update!

    I'd love to be able to get rid of "Recent Labels" on the left pane of the Nexus 7 app.

    It just makes a mess for me as the same labels are repeated in multiple places, and in a random order (in that part of the list), and if the silly thing wasn't in the list then my entire list of labels could fit on screen without needing to scroll at all. (Not much point having a recent list when the entire list fits on screen. It's just clutter.)

  • Leonard Krum

    Okay...... F5 Powa........... ¬¬

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    Oh don't make us wait :/

  • Faisal H

    C'mooooooooooooon AP...why you gotta tease?

  • wickets

    Your side by side reviews are the best on the WWW! On the subject of gmail, I wish they would offer a multi select option for bulk moves/deletes etc

    • Andrew Fox

      GMail has offered multi select since I can remember, just tick the emails off with those little checkboxes on the left and then any moves/deletes you do affects the entire selection rather than just the last one ticked...

      • wickets

        Sorry for not being clear; I meant to say a select all button. There might even be one of those, but Ive never been able to find it. Thanks anyway, I appreciate your help

  • Sire

    Did anybody else lose 4G connectivity after installing this? Help!!

  • xnifex

    Could this work on Gingerbread? My Sensation still has that & has Gmail v2.3.6

    • Tomi Golob

      No,because this version recquires sdk-something to be level 14. Gingerbread's sdk-something is lower...so,no luck for you guys,sorry :/ i bet they will release an update just for the GB version in the near future...i hope

  • http://www.facebook.com/CraigHwk Craig Hawkins

    Oh my god it's beautiful!

  • Bleakvision

    So did the apk break your talk status? Mine is not working as well. I have no other clue as to why.

    • Chris Simms

      I think he's trying to give us a hint that there is an updated Talk app that he's been testing.

      • Tomi Golob

        Hmmm... that would be interresting. But at the same time not such a good news. I cant wait the day when Google will merge Talk & G+ Messenger so it would be cross-,connected you know what i mean,? It is ridiculous that if i send a message with Messenger ,people using the PC and going to G+ wont get the message because the G+ page uses the Talk chat service...very annoying.

      • Bleakvision

        Ok, so this is not common after installing Gmail 4.2? GTalk doesn't work every other day so it's hard to say.

      • Bleakvision

        Ah, got it. The Gtalk app required me to actively go online after I rebooted. That is some weird behavior.

  • Tomi Golob

    That's all great...much needed features. But... i am disappointed there's no dark/black theme available and NO OUTGOING EMAIL PROGRESS BAR. Or at least they could give us an option that tells you the message has been sent successfuly. Why is this so hard to do?

    • Duh!

      Why don't you just check your 'Sent Items'?

      • Tomi Golob

        I do...my point is,it would be better if Gmail notified that the message was sent. Just as a selectable notification... Jesus,isthis so bad?

  • http://www.facebook.com/BillyBJRroyle Billy Royle

    when can we just get a dark black interface.....i hate white and its such a battery drain

  • Wade

    There is still no support to download zip files?

  • klaminero

    A few comments, unread email counts for all labels and inbox link in dropdown menu have been available for a while. With a caveat for inbox link as i have several gmail inboxes.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Okay, my question: Does this version restore the ability to mark an email as "Not Spam"?

    Don't try to tell me "Just move the email to the Inbox", because doing so made the email visible *but* it still has a "Spam" label attached.

  • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

    Can anyone tell me if there is a share or print option within an email now that is capable of saving an email to Google Drive? This would be extremely useful.