Google has finally added the feature that we've been wanting since Google first started adding functionality to notifications back in Ice Cream Sandwich: the ability to archive email directly from the notification shade. Now, when you get a new email, you can choose what to do with it immediately. This is extremely handy for the chronic email checkers who would like to be able to dismiss the clutter as it comes in, rather than let it pile up later
This is something that seems so obvious that when Ron reviewed Jelly Bean, the lack of buttons was a disappointment in an otherwise fantastic update. Still, it's a welcome addition. The app update also brings faster search results and better search suggestions, so your Gmail-ing should be better all around.
We've also found one new feature that escaped the change log. Now, you can swipe to remove a label from an email when you're viewing said label's search results. This is combined with the old ability to archive from the inbox or delete from system labels. The action performed by the gesture depends on the context in which you use it.
Here's the full change log:
What's in this version:
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and up:
• Reply, archive or delete from notifications - no need to open the app
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up:
• Faster search, even when you're offline
• Bug fixes and performance improvements
The update is live on the Play Store now and can be downloaded immediately. So have at it!