There's nothing as satisfying as permanently deleting that annoying email. Well, that's not true, there are a lot of things more satisfying than that, like hugging your children, eating a good steak, and landing a headshot on that jerk who's been camping the spawn. But if you've been craving that small, petty, satisfying feeling of quickly deleting hundreds of emails, Google's got your back. The 4.5.2 version of the Gmail app makes the Delete button the default setting after you long-press a message (in the last major revision it was previously set to Archive).

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Other changes include the ability to select multiple emails in a chain by touching the sender images, plus the usual bug fixes. Our resident software dissection specialist Ron Amadeo has already performed his customary teardown, and found nothing else of interest hiding in the app. The update seems to be rolling out quickly - all the devices scattered around my desk are already updating. As before, you'll need Android 4.0 to enjoy the fruits of Google's labor.

What's in this version:

• Delete and archive actions appear by default - control this in Settings
• Tap sender images to select multiple emails in the conversation list
• Bug fixes
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up.

Update: Apparently the touching sender images feature is not new, Google just decided to highlight it in the Google+ post for some reason. So yeah, Delete button on by default and bug fixes. That's all, folks.

Source: Google+ - thanks, Bill Stebbins!