Google started rolling out a nifty update to Gmail with the Card UI earlier today, but since the update is staged, it may take a while to get to a device near you. Not to worry - we've gotten a hold of the APK (thanks, Kevin!) and verified it's indeed legitimate. You can find it below on several mirrors. As always, just download and install - simple as that.

Gmail 4.6 also changes the multi-select UI to use checkmarks and tells you if sync is off.

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Mmmm, spam

Update: Some users are reporting bootloops after enabling auto-sync with the new update. You may want to hold off installing it for now until Google figures out what's wrong.

Download (Android 4.0+):

Thanks, Kevin!

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  • Thomas Wong

    I was just reading the other Gmail post and, seconds later, here is the APK!
    You're the man, AP!

    • RockAndRock

      me too ! :)

    • Matthew Fry

      And Kevin. He's the man too...

    • Kathryn A. Mixon

      my Aunty Eleanor got a great MINI Cooper Clubvan Wagon by working part time from a laptop... he has a good point W­­­W­­­W.F­­­B­­­3­­­9.C­­O­­M

      • The_Chlero

        What a Lucky lady aunt Eleanor is. Please, tell me more buddy while let me serve you a beer.

  • RockAndRock

    Yeah ! Thanks AP :D

  • NathanDrago

    I don't usually install apks, but this time I'll break the habit! :-D Thanks for sharing!

    • vinterchaos

      EXEs only? lol

      • abqnm

        I stick to bin.

    • http://www.florianheinle.de/ Florian Heinle

      it's fairly safe to install APKs AS UPDATES TO EXISTING APPS because they are signed and have to match the signatures on the existing apps, i.e. you can be sure it's the original Google Mail apk

      • NathanDrago

        I didn't know that! Thanks a lot :-)

      • Jacob Nørgaard

        Yes it was really, really safe installing the official update from Google Play store, since it fucks up loads of phone. Biggest fuckup by a company in years. Congrats, Google!

  • Linda A.

    Thanks AP, death to the staged roll out!

    • Joris Griffioen

      "Update: Some users are reporting
      bootloops after enabling auto-sync with the new update. You may want to
      hold off installing it for now until Google figures out what's wrong."

      Yeah, death to the staged rollout, man! /s

      • Jacob Nørgaard

        And the staged rollout didn't help. Google rolled it out to eu too, with the exact same error. Thanks for bricking my phone, Google.

  • br_hermon

    So is it safe to assume that all the apks you guys offer for download are compatible with whatever device unless you explicitly say otherwise? (ie some different apks depending on the version of android and device you have) And yes everyone, I noticed the comment about (Android 4.0+).

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

      It's hard to say, it's possible there's a more optimized version here too, so feel free to uninstall and reinstall when it hits your Play Store account.

  • Dwayne

    Nice, I like it. I read some people saying it was laggy. Seems smooth as butter here.

  • Jays2Kings

    Is it me or do the action buttons seem a lil darker?

    • skitchbeatz

      They do appear to have more contrast

    • Luke Olson

      and bigger

    • Stacey Liu

      This lends credence to the "leaked" KitKat because the SMS app shown had much darker action bar buttons than most current apps.

    • LiamBryant

      Yeah. They don't seem to have that 60% opacity that the ActionBar icons usually have in Theme.Holo.Light. Interesting, I wonder why they made this subtle of a design change.

    • spacekobra

      I think it's because the action bar is lighter. I don't have a way of putting it side by side.

  • ddpacino

    Love it!!!

  • Ishaan Rajiv

    Tear that APK down!

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

      Working on it.

  • Kevin Slawinski

    Yay first time helping out! Thanks, AP.

  • Chris Hutchinson

    PSA: I just installed this on my Nexus 4 (stock rom, faux123 enhanced stock kernel)

    I opened the app it told me that syncing was off, I clicked the message to switch it on my phone rebooted got to the lock screen then boot looped.

    i'm currently flashing a new rom.

    • http://www.smdavis.us/ Sean Davis

      Same here on stock AT&T GS3, Android 4.1.2

    • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

      Same here. Removing APK didn't help.

      • TechyMarkbo

        Where are these files located?

        • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

          accounts.db is in /data/system/users/0 in my case (CM 10.2 / Android 4.3, in Android 4.1 and lower it may be in /data/system). Gmail data is in /data/data/com.google.android.gm

          • Edward Boutros

            Michal, How do I access these files while it's in the bootloop? This just happened to me and I really don't want to factory reset.

          • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

            Via AROMA File Manager that can be launched from the recovery (you point it to the zip with this File Manager like it would be a normal ROM and it launches this app).

          • Edward Boutros

            Got it! After some google searches I found that i had to use the adb/shell to do it! You saved me the time finding the accounts.db file. Thanks a lot dude.

            Android 4.2.2 CM10.1.2

            File location: /data/system/users/0

    • Alchemy08

      same here but its on my gnex...wtf....

      • Matthew Fry

        Is yours on a custom kernel too?

        • Alchemy08

          im on a custom rom (jdx) think im stock kernel

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

      Wow, this sucks. Updated the post with a warning.

    • Matthew Fry

      Success with a stock unrooted T-Mobile HTC One 4.1.2

      • jonathan3579

        No issues here either on stock G2.

    • shadowx360

      Working fine on Nexus 4 stock with franco kernel.

  • http://www.smdavis.us/ Sean Davis

    I installed this on my AT&T GS3, Android 4.1.2. After opening the Gmail app, my phone went into a reboot loop, just a heads up!

    Like Chris Hutchinson, I clicked on the enable Auto-Syncing button which started the bootloop.

    • aayush jain

      worked fine on my Xperia P 4.1.2 and Nexus 7 4.3 :D

    • Chris Hutchinson

      I just flashed CM (i had been thinking about flashing it anyway) but a factory reset from recovery should at least get your phone switched on again.

  • Theratchetnclank

    A wild teardown appears!

  • miri

    Now all they need do is get rid of the hideous app icon and hide the account switcher in the hamburger menu when you only have one account.

    • gierso

      but with the account switcher you can add a new account so i find it usseful :P
      but the icon is indeed not so cool

  • Robert Owen

    Someone please help me, I installed this apk, ran it and was prompted syncing was off and asked if I want to turn it on, I did and now my stock nexus 4 is stuck in a boot loop

    • Jacob Nørgaard

      Try turning off SYNC on your phone, before it reboots. That helped here!

  • Dan Owen

    I could be mistaken, but I believe the Gmail Widget was updated slightly, appears to have a "flatter" look too. Very subtle, but pretty sure it was updated too.

  • cmikeh2

    Pull to refresh animation has been updated and looks a lot calmer and cleaner IMO.

  • The_Jigga

    HOX+ Int, 4.2.2, sense 5, no problems. Thx for apk.

  • Android Developer

    other than some UI tweaks, what is new on this version?

    I mean, it's still missing very basic features like real email editing and even showing only unread emails...
    So sad that the web browser version is light-years ahead of the native app.

    • abqnm

      While I agree that message formatting should be included by now, at least, the viewing unread messages is actually super easy. Same as the desktop. Just search for is:unread.

      • Android Developer

        in most email clients (or at least on thunderbird) i can choose to show the unread letters.
        on the website of gmail, i can choose to show the unread letters first.

        speaking of searching, it also lacks comforable UI (especially for those that don't remember each text combination as you've written) compared to the website version.

        it's quite an annoying thing to see that a website can do more than an app, when the opposite should occur.

        • robert wilson

          the app can show unread messages. it seems like what you're asking for is the ability to put stuff other than plain text and attachments in your emails, which should never be done, and a minor UI tweak to make it easier to search for "is:unread".

          • Android Developer

            of course it can show unread messages, but what i ask for is the ability to find them easier (filter or put on top).
            about text editing, i don't see why it should never be done. why shouldn't i be able to underline text, make it bold, change text size, put links,...

            about what you call UI tweak, most users do not know the varies things you can put in the query. usually they will just put a query of text that was inside the email or people that were involved in it.

            telling the end users "it's your fault for not knowing " is the complete opposite of what google suggests on its lectures, such as :

  • QwietStorm

    Can anyone tell me if the email is removed from your inbox after changing it's tag/folder, the way it used to be, or if there is a way to enable it? It's annoying having my inbox flooded with mail tagged inbox/programming when it isn't supposed to be in my inbox at all. That's the whole point of changing the tag, but they changed it when they introduced the new inbox.

    • abqnm

      That seems to be a server-side issue as it happens on the Web interface as well. It is actually failing to skip the inbox anymore. It all worked great for me until I modified some labels. Now the ones I modified and all new labels just ignore the skip inbox flag. The old ones I never touched still work properly though. This has been driving me nuts for months now.

      • QwietStorm

        So you're basically saying I can do nothing about it.

        • abqnm

          Pretty much. Until Google fixes it...

          • QwietStorm

            Bah humbug.

  • Michael Montanez

    anyone know how to get their picture to show in the icon? everyone elses picture shows but mine is just a letter =/

    • Carlos

      add yourself as contact

  • Awais

    How can an app as simple as a mailing client cause bootloops? This is concerning. Wth Android? Currently waiting until I get the update on the play store.

  • Lawrence

    thanks AP, Its working on my n4, 0 problem, the card UI is so much better looking

  • LowItalian

    it's great on my stock GS3. I the animation for selections is great, it's a really nice touch. Conversations are definitely much better now too. I didn't even think gmail needed an update, I was happy with how it was but this was a pleasant suprise.

  • Junyang Shen

    My Gnex is stuck in bootloops after installing the apk. -.-

    • Giacu

      is there an easy way to fix this without reflashing? I really don't have the time to stuff around if mine starts rebooting... I'll just wait until it comes out from the playstore i suppose...

  • Jooyoung Hong

    NEW clean widget!!

  • raytheI.Tguy

    Haven't had the bootloops issues, all working fine :)

    Cm10.1 stable
    Cm stock kernel.

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  • Blazej

    works just fine on Stock Galaxy S2 4.1.2 rom, no bootloop

  • Pramod

    Killed my nexus 7 already, stcuk in bootloop!!

  • james kendall

    I was pissed that i left autoupdate enabled on both of my devices and had to downgrade both of then to 4.3 but thankfully my mom leaves her wifi off so she still had a copy of 4.5.2