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For the first time since the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the official Gmail app for Android has been updated. The new version is available right now through the Google Play Store, so head to the "My Apps" tab to get yourself up-to-date.

There's not too much in the way of radical changes in this latest Gmail app update -- the changelog reveals that Google's rolling our improved 7-inch tablet support on Android 4.0 and above, and a new "labels" API for third-party apps on Android 2.2 and above. The former obviously refers to the Nexus 7, which is now starting to make its way out to consumers around the world. Despite the news of 7-inch tablet improvements, we haven't been able to track down exactly what Google's changed on our Nexus 7. The UI is much the same as it was before, so we're likely looking at subtle alterations for 7-inch tablet owners. The new labels API is also a bit of a mystery. It's possible this is a replacement for functionality removed around a year ago which disabled third-party Gmail widgets, though this too is mere speculation.

Users on all versions of Android also get a healthy helping of bug fixes and performance improvements, so that's reason enough to upgrade even if you're not a Nexus 7 owner or an application developer.

If you've noticed any dramatic changes in this new version of Gmail, hit the comments and let us know what you've found.

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Gmail updated with improved 7-inch tablet support, new labels API


And still totally ridiculous that it doesn't have it ... Hello? !? Google ?!? Are you listening .... Maybe the Sparrow folks will straighten it out ....

That's because google must be full of stupid children with perfect eyes or they love to discriminate everybody else - its the same with their shit chrome browser - if you zoom in it doesn't reflow text - making websites unreable. The old browser did, but now they remove it in 4.0 - because at google we like to shit on people. #GoogleEvil

The change for the Nexus 7 was this...
When in landscape mode, the previous version of Gmail would cut off the right edge of all emails and you would have to scroll side-to-side in order to read the cut off edge. With the new update the emails are no longer cut off on the right edge and now fit snugly in the view box to the right in landscape.

I emailed Google about this issue a week or so ago. Glad they listened!
:snark: :snark:

It looks like you also have the option now to mark emails as unread. If it was there before, I wasn't able to find it on my Nexus 7.

I refuse to upgrade. Since staying on an older version I have yet to experience this problem like on newer ones...feel free to chime in if you have an answer...

Simply put on the last version (before this) gmail-->phone sync = fine. phone-->gmail wouldn't sync. It would show that you deleted stuff and whatnot on the phone but none of it transferred over to the actual account...thoughts? :P

Just figured I throw it out there.

Looks like folder label color is popping up on the left frame. Don't remember seeing that before.

Didn't get the update on HTC EVO 4G.
Did get it on Nexus 7

So does it still insist on grouping emails by conversation instead of just by time received? I hate the conversation/group (or whatever they call it) view and it is the only reason I don't use the stock gmail app!

Yes as far as I can determine you cannot turn off the damn conversation mode. At least that's what I'm dealing with on the nexus 7

And it still has that asinine left panel in landscape mode that keeps you from seeing the full width of an email. It's beyond stupid.

Totally agree! I rarely use the labels on my galaxy and now Nexus yet they take up a third of the screen in portrait mode. Why is there not a little hide/show selector or option in settings to GIVE PEOPLE A CHOICE ! It smells of Microsoft's attitude, its our way or f**k off.

Still doesn't support a "Select All" option to select all email in a folder for deleting or moving; and doesn't support an "Empty Trash" option.