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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 Motion makes sending angry e-mails even more fun

Youtube link for mobile viewingCan't wait to send my first rager to the staff. But what will jazz hands get you? [Gmail Motion]Update: And the boys and girls at Google Voice are at it as well. Not as in-depth, but still entertaining. By the way: This is the one and only April Fools story you'll...

Gmail for Android back in market

Yesterday we saw the Gmail for Android application receive an update, only to be pulled shortly after from the market due to some stability issues. Lucky for us Google understands that we love the Gmail application, and updates are always warmly welcomed, when they work. Today they have released...

Gmail update crashes prompt pulling from Android market

We've had a couple reports of the latest Gmail update no longer appearing in the Market, and now we have a reason why.  It seems that users who were still using a 2.2 version of Gmail and updated to the latest version had some stability issues.  Users who updated from a 2.3.x version are unaffected...

Minor Gmail update hits the Market, improves labels, copy/paste in Gingerbead

  A minor update to Android's Gmail app has hit the Market that fixes custom labels and improves copy/paste in Gingerbread. If you have custom labels in Gmail with custom colors, they wouldn't properly sync. With this update, that should be fixed. Also updated is the ability to long-press to copy...

Gmail 2.3.2 changes [video]

The changes that came along with the latest update to the Gmail app are pretty substantial.  Google seems to have listened to the users, and gave us the two things we've been whining asking about the most -- decent priority inbox support, and sending from another address.  And they managed to pull...

Gmail app updated with better reply, priority inbox features

Google has updated the Gmail application to version 2.3.2, and with it comes some often requested features.  Android phones running Froyo or higher can and should grab the update, the new features look awesome:Better support for priority inboxSend from any address you have set up in your...

Gmail not syncing? You're not alone

We were kicking this around last night, but it's not going away. A number of you -- and us -- are having problems with getting gmail to properly sync with our phones. Obviously, that's bad. The good news is that Google's on the case, saying "We're currently looking into this issue, and I'll report...

Gmail update in the Android Market, brings priority inbox to mobile

Gmail just got an update to add some of those cool UI improvements -- and it's been moved into the Android Market. This means that from now on, you won’t have to wait for system updates to get Google’s latest and greatest e-mail client. You will find some pretty cool improvements in this...

Froyo update brings Gmail bug to many

If you recently received your Froyo OTA, you may want to check to see if you're affected by a nasty little bug in the Gmail application by which any secondary accounts don't sync automatically.  Users of the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G, and Droid 2 seem to be equally...

Newest Google apps bring welcome changes to Gmail

As is usually the case, a major update to one of Google's applications brings out a new version of what's popularly known as "Gapps or Gbits" -- a collection of all of Google's closed source applications for Android.  Updating the voice search application to include voice actions brings them out...

Froyo Feature: New and improved gmail

[YouTube link]What's Android without gmail, right? And in Android 2.2, the gmail app has gotten even better, fixing some of our biggest complaints and bringing better account switching, e-mail notification and attachment handling. Check it out.

Google updates gmail Web app

When Google thinks mobile, it thinks more than just Android. And that's evident by a recent update to the gmail Web app. The biggest new feature is that the address view has been redesigned, expanding so that you can actually see who you're sending a message to. Other improvements:Remove the...

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Keeps His Inbox Clean

It seems there are basically two kinds of gmailer's. The ones who keep every e-mail in their inbox with the goal to someday (and somehow) fill it, then the others that can not seem to delete it fast enough. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is one of those who doesn't prefer clutter in his inbox, or maybe he...

Gmail been flakey today? It's not just you

Yeah, we noticed. And seeing as how gmail is kind of the linchpin for any good Android experience, it's the sort of thing that we notice pretty quickly. But at least things are getting back to normal. You folks notice any issues today? [Google]

Using Gmail as your own personal push mail server

One of the biggest complaints from those migrating over from a Blackberry to an Android device has got to be e-mail.  We get used to doing things a certain way, and feel lost when things change.  Even if you’re not used to Blackberry’s push mail this is a great method to not only get things more...

Google offers to clean up your contacts

At the heart Android is, of course, Google. And that means gmail, which we love, as well as Google contacts, which we loathe. It's completely normal to end up with multiple contacts for a single person (I think I have five for Casey). Google has had the ability for a while now to merge contacts....

Archos 5 Gets Android Market, Google Maps, Gmail and More

 The Archos 5 Android Tablet is powered by Android but lacks the Google Apps that 'with Google' devices come with. You know, the apps that make Android even better. Luckily, the hacking community has found a way to make those apps--Android Market, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, and all the other...

Gmail Shows Which Google Talk Users are on Android

 There's a new Gmail Labs feature that'll allow Gmail users to see which of their Google Talk contacts are using Google Talk on their Android devices. In short, it's awesome. The typical green/orange/red lights have been replaced with the cute Android robot icon we've loved since day one. In Google...

Google Apps Finally Leave Beta

 We thought the day would never come but the perpetual BETA tag on the Google Apps Suite has finally been removed and Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Talk now have the distinction as ready for the public, or beta-less, software. It was always a running joke on how Gmail managed to...

Gmail Web App Gets Keyboard Shortcuts & Faster Auto-Complete

 The Official Google Mobile Blog just announced some very cool new features to the Gmail Web App for Android. We'll get faster auto-completion for e-mail addresses which is semi-cool and support for keyboard shortcuts which is really cool. Though of course, we'd still use the native Gmail app in...

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