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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

If there's one single reason to use an Android device, Gmail may be it. What once was the world's longest beta test is undoubtedly (though we may be a little biased here) the best way to manage email. It's available anywhere, at any time. It makes it virtually impossible to accidentally lose mail. Plus it's as fast on mobile as it is on a powerful desktop computer. 

Gmail does things a little differently, keeping your conversations as, well, threaded conversations — not just back-and-forth messages like back in the Dark Ages. It's a different way of doing things, but it works. And it works well.

If you haven't yet tried Gmail, you're absolutely missing out. Gmail comes standard with a Google account, and with it you'll get multiple gigabytes of free storage, so you shouldn't be running out of storage space any time soon.

The Android app continues to improve as well. It'll be refreshed with Google's new Material Design language. And it'll continue to lead the way for all other mobile email clients — especially on Android.

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Gmail 4.2 update now available for non-Nexus devices

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Advanced search operators now work in GMail 4.2

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No excuses: It's time to turn on two-step authentication

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Gmail video chat being upgraded to Google+ Hangouts

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Google snags e-mail genius Sparrow

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Gmail free storage upped to 10GB, 25GB for paying Google Drive customers

Google has marked the launch of Google Drive by giving Gmail users an extra 2.3GB or so of storage. The company announced that it'll bump the free allowance up to 10GB (and counting) for free users, and 25GB for paying Google Drive customers, a substantial increase from the previous 7.7GB or so...
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Gmail app update brings ICS features to Honeycomb

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Account Activity shows where and how you use Google services

Google today introduced "Account Activity", a feature that will track account holders' monthly usage of Google services. Each month, Google will send you a password-protected report that will statistics on your email usage, search history, and latitude check ins and plot the data against your...
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Google acknowledges Gmail app may be flickering, says fix is on the way

We've gotten a bunch of reports from you fine folks today regarding your Gmail apps causing a screen flicker, and being unable to get to your inbox. We never experienced it here, but that doesn't mean it wasn't happening, as forum threads were popping up all over the place. Google's just gotten...
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New 'Experiments' Gmail feature discovered in Android 4.0.3

The Android 4.0.3 update for the Asus Transformer Prime brought with it some improvements to the Google Apps. However small any changes may be, nestled among them the Gmail application has received an interesting new feature menu known as "Experiments." Experiments at the moment consists of a...
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Google being sued by BT over alleged patent infringements

The Android world is no stranger to lawsuits, but the latest one coming from British Telecom goes right to the top. It's suing Google in the U.S. over claims that six of its  patents have been infringed on by technology found in Android, from the system itself through to Google+, Maps, Docs, Gmail...
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Google deprecating its BlackBerry Gmail app

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Jolicloud aiming to bring all your cloud services under one Android application

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Gmail is down. GMAIL IS DOWN! Update: Gmail is up. UP WE SAY!

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Gmail update brings custom notifications, better sync for battery life, picture options, new actions

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Android Quick App: GMail Label Notifier

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