Gmail's latest update began circulating a few days ago. This version is uncommon in that it's removing features rather than adding them. The 'nudges' feature on Gmail accounts and quick responses for other types of accounts appear to have been removed entirely.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Removed: Reply and follow-up reminders (Gmail accounts)
  • Removed: Quick responses (non-Gmail accounts)

Removed: Reply and follow-up reminders

Having only launched earlier this year, the "nudges" feature was intended to help users remember to send replies to message or follow up on messages that had been sent but never got a response. I can only guess that this feature was either not working as intended or perhaps it wasn't getting any use.

Technically, it's possible the actual function of reminding people is still active and only these settings have been disabled, but I have trouble believing the app would force reminders on users.

Reply and follow-up reminders might not be removed for everybody

A report suggests the settings are still available for some users after the update. This may mean Gmail is restricting its use to some accounts based on some criteria like past usage, account type, or some other consideration. We'll continue looking for an explanation.

Removed: Quick responses

Inbox launched a feature called Smart Reply almost three years ago, eventually transitioning it to the main Gmail app in the middle of 2017, and finally to the web earlier this year. Taking the concept even further, Gmail added Smart Compose earlier this year, as well.

While Gmail is getting all of these cool predictive features, non-Gmail accounts have been left to fend for themselves with a much more basic feature called Quick responses, which are basically just a set of responses you can write for yourself and send with a couple of taps. At least that was an option until now. Quick Responses seem to be gone entirely, or at least they are for the account types I've tested. As far as I can tell, none of the smart response features were enabled for other account types to take over this responsibility.

I'm not sure how often quick responses were used, but since they had to be written in advance, I can't help but suspect the opportunities were limited.

Miscellaneous

As a final and completely meaningless note, the account management shortcut at the very top of any Gmail account settings page has been tweaked to get rid of the 'My Account' text and make 'Manage your Google Account' the new title. The side effect is a space savings of a few pixels. Cheers to that.

Teardown

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It's possible that the guesses made here are wrong or inaccurate. Even when predictions are correct, there is always a chance that products could change or may be canceled. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it's officially announced and released.

The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, don't expect to see these features if you install the apk. All screenshots and images are real unless otherwise stated, and images are only altered to remove personal information.

Snoozing until Someday

If there was any doubt that Inbox might bring back the 'Someday' option to Snooze, leave it behind. The same line that appeared in the last Inbox update has also turned up in Gmail's latest revision, all but guaranteeing the return of Someday. I'm not actually sure if Gmail ever had this Snooze option, but it's pretty clear that it will soon.

<string name="gm_i18n_snooze_option_someday">Someday</string>

As a reminder, the Someday option worked a bit differently than other Snooze options. Instead of hiding an email from view until a specific point in the future, the Someday option merely hid the email in the Snoozed folder with no date to return. This could be a good tool for keeping an email handy without necessarily marking it done.

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

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Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free