Gmail for Android app update rolling out with vacation responder, wider attachment support and more

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under android, gmail, new feature

gmail-logoFor those who use Android devices, you’ll know already that because they are made by the same people who make Google Apps, then it all works that little bit better than it might on other mobile devices.

One feature a lot of our staff have been asking for is the ability to set out of office / vacation replies when you’re actually out of the office. This is coming now in the new version of Gmail for Android, which is rolling out now through the Play store.

Also in this new release are the ability to download almost any attachment (previously, they have been restrictive in what you could download) and the ability to use Cloud printers.


the all new Gmail inbox

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under android, gmail, inbox, ios, mobile, new feature

Inboxes can be overwhelming. We all get masses of email everyday and sorting through it all, manually, can be a drag.

All the emails we get are different types: business related, personal related, Facebook, Groupon, the list is endless! All of these emails distract and compete for your attention, taking you away from the emails that matter most to you. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around.

But it doesn’t need to be that way…

Beginning later this month, University Gmail users will be able to opt into a brand new Gmail inbox. On the desktop, the new inbox groups your mail into categories which appear as different tabs. You simply choose which categories you want and voilà! Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when.

Gmail new inbox demo

You can easily customize the new inbox – select the tabs you want from all five to none, drag-and-drop to move messages between tabs, set certain senders to always appear in a particular tab and star messages so that they also appear in the Primary tab.


It doesn’t stop there – the Mobile apps are also changing to match the Desktop experience. In the Gmail for Android 4.0+ and Gmail for iPhone and iPad apps, you’ll see your Primary mail when you open the app and you can easily navigate to the other tabs.



However, if the new inbox isn’t quite your style, you can simply switch off all optional tabs to go back to classic view, or switch to any of your other favourite inbox types.

The new inbox is rolling out later in June. The Android and iOS versions are become available now. Keep an eye on the settings and select Configure inbox when it appears in the Settings options.