Gmail App Update Arrives in Android Market

Google [GOOG] has released a new Gmail app for Android smartphones. The new update separates the app from the core code of Android which means that Google can provide updates to the app rather than users having to wait for a new Android build to be released.

This particular version though is for Android 2.2 devices only which rules a fair few out such as the G1 and many other handsets. However, if you are running 2.2 then you can grab it now from the Android Market. Phones which do run Android 2.2 include the Nexus One, HTC EVO, Motorola Droid 2 or Motorola Droid as well as the Droid X today and a few more we might have missed.

For those who have a G1 and run the Android 2.2 build (the mod from Cyanogens team) then you might be able to get it although we haven’t had a chance to test this out yet.

Moving on to the features that it brings, the ability to move important message actions to the top of the screen making them just one click away. If a thread is longer, the Gmail app lets you click on Show Quoted Text just like the desktop version of the app.

Google Priority Inbox has also been added to the Gmail app in a limited form. If you have the service enabled on your web based version, your email will also be sorted on the Gmail app by moving the most important emails to the top of the page.

More details of the update can be found over at the Google Mobile blog.

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