Update Wednesday is in full swing today with Chromecast, Google Camera, and now Gmail. It's not the Material Design update you were hoping for, but Gmail v4.9 adds at least one new feature in the form of Google Drive integration.

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What’s New

Update: Google has added that the new Gmail will be smarter about autocomplete contact suggestions (in the To, Cc or Bcc fields, after one character instead of two) when composing messages. It no longer displays every email you have for a contact, but shows them separately. Also, when attaching a Drive file, you can change the sharing options in case the person you're sending it to doesn't have access. The update reportedly (so say you, the commenters) fixes the contact sync issue we reported on recently, but no official word on that.

The only new thing we've seen so far is an option to attach files from Google Drive. It's in the action overflow menu right next to the standard attach command. You can choose the file from a popup Drive window and it will be added to the message in a single step. Handy, but not revolutionary. As usual, we'll keep digging and will update if anything else is found. In KitKat the new file picker should allow you to attach drive files too, but this is a faster way and it works for pre-4.4 devices.



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File name: com.google.android.gm-4.9 (1266230).apk.

Version: 4.9 (1266230) (Android 4.0+).

MD5: 209879841bdababeaa7fbcb9e90a5ad7.

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  • Guillaume

    Nice ! it fixed the syncing issue right up for me ! :)

    • Ghisy

      For me as well, FINALLY!!! I was getting tired of using mobile GMail to send any message. HURRAY!

  • Michael

    Next version will be 5.0. Android 5.0 confirmed.

    • Paul Leonard

      Unless it's version 4.10 :)

      • Mlibbey

        how dare you, at a time like this.

  • Harold JP Castro

    Still no mailing lists support for corporate users :(

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

      Or even just regular home users - I still can't email "Family", for example.

  • BruceWillisThrowsACar@You

    I bet the v5.0 release will be the major material redesign.

  • vyktorsouza

    nah, too much work to sideload just for that, I'd rather wait for PlayStore

    • Guillaume

      a true android warrior always has his google apps up to date ! Make of that what you will

      • vyktorsouza

        I had to upvote you as well, well said XD

  • fsdgasdg

    I love Update Wednesday

    • fasd

      Does anybody know if any other Google apps were updated today? I was hoping for a Chrome or Search update...

      • MJ

        Google search was updated was last week...

  • Shining Wing

    Who was expecting a Material update? O.o They'll probably only release that when L actually comes out.

    • WORPspeed

      I think it will roll out just after L is released.
      My imagined timeline

      Nexus 8 with L released and material apps
      Update wednesday the next week has all the Material app updates for non-nex8 owners
      This is also when other Nexus and GPE devices start getting L

    • miri

      Material apps are blocked from the Play Store until L launches.

      • MirandaU

        Obviously that isn't true for Google apps. They announced at I/O that the first party Material apps would hit the Play Store earlier to give designers and developers real world examples on how to work with Material in a real environment.
        Also, if you look closely, there are already Material apps on the Play Store, like "John NES Lite". While it is technically against the L preview agreement, it sure isn't impossible to sign and publish them.

        • Shining Wing

          I think John NES Lite just uses the Device Default theme, so it'll use Material if you're on L, but Holo if you're on 4.x.

    • joser116

      Yeah, also they should know that Material Design is for Android L.

  • Rudy Ballesteros

    Does this actually insert the file from drive or is it just shared from drive? I hate that from mobile I can't just insert a file directly from drive within the app into a email. When I send pictures I have to constantly remember to not delete the picture from my drive because people typically think since its in a email it will be there forever. ugh...

    • MattEden

      I want an answer to this as well. I don't like using the desktop "attach from drive" feature because of this. I would love it if it actually uploaded and attached the file.

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        I actually like the desktop "attach from drive" feature. I have a ton of storage so I rarely delete files, and it makes sending the email much faster... plus, the attachments don't take up extra storage on the recipient's end, and mail filters for things like .exe files shouldn't be an issue.

        Since I have crappy service where I live, the option to just insert a Drive link instead of uploading and sending the file would benefit me quite a bit.

        • MattEden

          In an ideal world I would use only Insert from Drive but I just worry about people who are less than technologically capable. I work with several people who HATE any sort of change when it comes to anything Tech and even though dealing with this link is fairly easy I just know it will confound them.

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

            I work for an IT consulting firm that mostly works with state government, so... I know your pain.

  • Candido

    Getting a security error when launching Gmail after installing this update. GSIII running latest CM11 nightly.

  • pfmiller

    Meh, I've been attaching files from Drive using the "Attach file" option for awhile now. Not sure why another option to do it is needed.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    The new sorting options are aweso....oh wait nope...but oh great another feature I might never use.

  • sergey a

    What about that "document provider" that google shoving left and right? Why not use your beloved new api instead making of separate menu item, Google?

    • Rudy Ballesteros

      For people that don't have kitkat....

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

      They already let you do that, but this is a custom, more powerful picker, and it works for everyone, not just KitKat+.

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  • Daldain

    For months have not been able to paste (copied from Chrome etc.) into "To:" section...

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

      I don't know what you're talking about. It pastes fine.

      • Daldain

        I know I am not the only one.

        • Cerberus_tm

          Is it perhaps because you have the clipboard permission blocked for Gmail with Xprivacy? (I had that with some other application.)

  • Ordnas_selac

    the best gets better

  • NCSUgolfer01

    Still wondering when we'll be able to just copy and paste images inline on emails using the Gmail app...

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

    The updated contact autocomplete is so much better.

  • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

    "In KitKat the new file picker should allow you to attach drive files too, but this is a faster way and it works for pre-4.4 devices."

    Just wanted to point out that, as the Gmail Google+ page pointed out, this is the same as "insert file from Drive" from the desktop Gmail client. It is not the same as actually attaching the file; it just shares the link and prompts you to enable sharing permissions for the recipients if necessary.

  • black

    How come mobile-gmail can open "email attachments" but the web version cannot? Some people think the entire world runs on outlook, so they keep attaching emails to emails. Very inconvenient.

  • Asanka Amarasinghe

    Does this update fix the gmail sync issue? It's been weeks since I got emails pushed to my device!

  • Stripes

    Man, I want swipe to delete back, so much ! :(

    • blindexecutioner

      Hmm, can't you set that up in the settings? You have to set it to show delete only though instead of archive.

      • Stripes

        Thank you so very much !
        I knew I haven't done something right...

  • Peacen1k

    So, still doesn't recognize contact groups?

  • blindexecutioner

    Did they allow us to turn off conversation view? I'd use gmail if I could do that like every other email app in existence.

  • https://twitter.com/YannDinendal Yann Dìnendal

    "Improved formatting support when restoring saved drafts"

  • Graham Howe

    I'm sure I'm missing something but after I download this apk and try to open it from the downloads folder, my Nexus 5 wants to open it in OfficeMobile. Other apls work fine, for example I just installed the latest keyboard without issue. Any suggestions?