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Gmail app update released, brings ICS features to Honeycomb

|April 6 2012 |Android, Mobile Apps, Mobile OS, Gingerbread


Since the time Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released, many apps have been updated to support new functionality that was exclusive only on Android 4.0. As Gingerbread and Honeycomb users wait with baited breath for ICS to arrive on their devices, Google released an update for the Gmail app to give a taste of what’s to come on the ICS.

Google has released an update of the Gmail app for all smartphones running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, including tablets running Android 3.x Honeycomb OS. For the tablets running the Honeycomb update, the new Gmail app will allow users to set custom notifications for individual labels while the Android Froyo and the Gingerbread smartphone and tablet users get performance improvements.

After this update, the Gmail app for Android Honeycomb resembles the one on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Honeycomb tablets also get wipe gesture support for navigating between old and new conversations. Not only that, users can now access the Recent Label by simply tapping on the account details. Users can also set custom notifications for the individual labels in their account.

For users with Android devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the update brings some internal performance improvements to the Gmail app. Also the Labels API (application programming interface) can now be accessed by the third-party app developers. So now any app developer, who wishes to develop an app to offer custom notifications for the Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread update running devices, will be able to release an app for it.

To install the Gmail update on your Android device, just visit the Google Play Store.

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