Cards, cards everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Or something like that.

That seems to be Google's mantra these days, as everything is getting card-ified. Not to say that's a bad thing, because cards are clean, simple, and effective. All three of those things have been a clear goal in Android in the Duarte era, so it makes sense that cards have been so widely adopted.

Today, it's Gmail's turn. An update will be rolling out that brings a "cleaner design for its conversation view." Basically, cards.

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That's not all though – the updated app has a tweaked multi-select interface with checkboxes and will also tell you if account sync is off. So you can't use that excuse for not emailing your boss back anymore.

Expect the new Gmail app to be part of a staged rollout later today.

Update: Grab the APK here.

Source: +Gmail

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • RitishOemraw

    "Expect the new Gmail app to be part of a staged rollout later today."
    We know and don't care. What the line should read:
    "Expect the new Gmail app to be mirrored for download as an APK later today."

    • Bert

      Could you be any more rude?

      I hope AP doesn't put it up and blames you for it.

      • iSadic™

        I think he was just kidding.

      • RitishOemraw

        Rude? It is a disguised compliment. That AP knows its readers and always comes through with quick mirrors to download the update for the impatient and unlucky with staged-rollouts.

    • andQlimax

      it's on the play already

    • ddpacino

      I read this update earlier and came here looking for the APK. I iz sad, AP. Someone get on it!

  • Wazzifer

    Sexy stuff.

  • Kevin Slawinski
    • Shawn Cheever


    • andQlimax

      it seems live on the play store already..for me it is

      • iSadic™

        Staged rollouts, man.

    • Guillaume

      thanks dude

  • Jaggari

    Pretty good, just used it.

  • Elislurry

    Awesome! This looks really good. I have hated the conversation view.

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards


  • andQlimax

    version is 4.6:
    6+4 = 10
    6-4 = 2
    October 2 = kit kat release -> official! xD

    • Roh_Mish

      Its like half life 3 equations

      • andQlimax

        10 + 2 = 12
        1 + 2 = 3
        half ... you know it already

        • Roh_Mish

          Its coming!!!

    • s427

      Unless it's February 10. ;-)

  • angel_spain

    The more android 4.4 looks like Google+ app the better. If there's something better than holo, that are holo cards.

  • rmkilc

    Is the account chooser fixed, or is it still the horrible radio button list? I sure hope its a dropdown now.

    • Roh_Mish

      If you don't have 3+ account, its perfect.

      • rmkilc

        But I have 5... All the other Google apps do it perfect, with a dropdown.

        • Roh_Mish

          Phone and other apps can handle it but if i am correct, gmail shows only 3 accounts. (First three)

          • rmkilc

            What do you mean? It shows them all in a list. A hideous, space wasting list. I would prefer a dropdown like Drive has. http://i.imgur.com/8kKdiai.png

          • Lalit Mali

            It's true. The radio buttons are ugly and they should use the dropdown with the display picture

          • Kevin

            Wasn't it a drop-down prior to the re-design? In my opinion it's absolutely a horrible regression in usability.... and I only have TWO accounts. I can't imagine how much you hate it with five.

          • Bleakvision

            Oh wow, reminds me of what a mess the hamburger menu in Gmail has become. Just keep shoving stuff in there Google, no problems here at all...

          • rmkilc

            Yeah all the inconsistencies between their apps is frustrating. Sure, most of them have the sliding navigation drawer now, but something as simple as account choosing is different in each one. Drive has a nice dropdown in the sliding nav drawer, with the display picture. Keep has a dropdown in the sliding nav drawer but no display picture. Gmail has has the nasty radio button list. Adsense and Youtube is in the overflow button, labeled "change account". Analytics is in the overflow button, labeled "sign out". Google + has a dropdown in the sliding nav drawer, but it is not a proper HOLO dropdown. Play Music, Books, Movies, Magazines, and Maps is within settings. Hangouts Cloud Print is in a dropdown in the action bar.

  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    Self i have give up Gmail becouse them dosent support more that 5 emails adress frome normal pop/imp

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      Myself? I've given up on Gmail because it doesn't support more than 5 email addresses, I tried setting them up as normal (Imap/POP3)

      I think...

    • Wazzifer

      you're kind of a big deal, aren't you?

  • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

    Got the update here in India m/ Looks kick-ass.

  • Vito Lee

    APK from N7 2013: https://db.tt/zwVkH4xx

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

      Thank you! Got it on my Nexus 7!

  • Vevek Selvam


    This is from the Nexus 4. This is the first time I've gotten something ahead of others so I've decided to share it.

    Enjoy. :)

    • Grimmjow

      Thanks. Way to be a part of the community!

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

      Thank you! Got it loaded on my Galaxy Nexus!

  • Bleakvision

    I would say the UI is fine and should not be changed around any more. The automatic inboxes and preview pics (which often don't fetch the pic anyway) have started to clutter up Gmail.
    I'm more interested in full management of my Gmail without the need to ever visit the web version. How about that?

    • Paul Taylor

      Yeah, those default pics with just a letter of the alphabet in are really annoying imo.

  • Zhelyazko Atanasov

    Any idea how to delete an individual e-mail from a conversation?

  • annoyed

    Gmail still doesn't recognize my email as myself. And still wants to add my own email into my contacts, despite my personal contact existing.

    How does Google not recognize this yet? Each update, all I want is for my emails to contain my contact information. It's getting pathetic.

  • DirkBelig

    Why do they refuse to offer the option to put the menu bar on the bottom like it used to be so people with larger-screened phones can work with one hand?

  • Anthrox

    Cards basically what newspapers have been using forever

  • nvillaco

    I like the cards on the conversation view but now the two layouts, conversation view and list view, are too different. They almost look like 2 different apps. Cards or not, keep it consistent, Google!

  • Kevin Michaels

    Could someone please tell me how to set up multiple gmail accounts in this new 4.6 version please. I can't find the option anywhere, it's probably staring me in the face!

    • Paul Taylor

      I haven't installed it yet, but going to the main Android settings and scrolling down to where the accounts are gives an option to add a new account, and you select Google as the account type. Once you've added the second account, perhaps Gmail will offer both?

      • Sean

        ^ What he said. Then you can access your different accounts via the sidebar.

  • gaurav