Gmail Just Got Better On Android

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Google announced an update to its Gmail app for Android with some much-needed new features.

Late last year, the app got an update that enabled users to add email accounts from other providers like Yahoo or Microsoft Outlook. The new update takes this a step further, and lets you put it all together in one inbox.

"These days, many of us have more than one email address," says software engineer Régis Décamps. "If you’re a student, you may have one account for school, one for a campus group you lead, and one for your blog. If you’re a parent, you might have one for family and one for your business. However many email addresses you have, today’s improvements to the Gmail app for Android make it easy to manage all your mail from all your accounts (yes, even @yahoo and @outlook) while you’re on the go."

"Starting today you’ll be able to view all your mail at once, regardless of which account it’s from, using the new 'All Inboxes' option," adds Décamps. "This way you can read and respond to all your messages without having to hop between accounts."

Another big improvement that builds on the addition of third-party accounts is conversation view for those. Gmail has long been known for conversation view, but now with the update, this is extended to Yahoo, Outlook.com, and other IMAP/POP accounts. This should make a lot of people happy. In fact, Google implies that it's been a highly-requested feature.

In addition to all the new account-related functionality, the update includes smarter search. This includes better auto-complete.

Also on the menu are: more responsive animations, such as when you open or close a conversation; larger attachment previews; and the ability to save to Drive with one tap.

Google makes no mention of when this all might come to iOS, but it's likely not too far behind.

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