Gmail for Android and YouTube mobile apps have been upgraded for Android 2.2 and later handsets. Gmail sports better Priority Inbox tools, while YouTube goes full screen.
Google this week upgraded its Gmail and YouTube
applications for Android smartphones, part of the company's mission to release
upgrades early, incrementally and often.
Apparently many Gmail users told Google they like to
access Priority Inbox, the message management feature, from their Android
handsets. This capability was added
to Android phones in September.
Google has obliged users of Android 2.2 and later
handsets by adding a new Priority Inbox view in Gmail for Android 2.3.2.
This lists all important messages in the Gmail inbox, including those read and
The app also includes the same importance markers used in
Priority Inbox on the desktop, which Google improved
this week by making it smarter and faster.
Users may then archive and delete conversations; mark
them unimportant, switch between inboxes and labels by tapping the current
label; and change a conversation's importance using the menu.
Google also added a neat feature that makes Android 2.2
phones beep, vibrate or ring when a user receives new important e-mail.
"While Priority Inbox on your Android phone doesn't
have all the features offered in the desktop version of Gmail, we think this is
a good start and plan to add even more functionality moving forward," Gmail
for Android team member Paul Westbrook said in a Dec. 9 blog post
Priority Inbox was the key feature, but not the only
feature, to get enhanced with Gmail for Android 2.3.2.
For example, users may now easily switch between reply,
reply all and forward while composing responses to messages. Users may also
respond to messages inline.
Finally, those who migrated from Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Live
Hotmail or some other Webmail provider and want to continue sending messages
from that address can now send e-mail from any address they've configured
in their desktop version of Gmail.
YouTube for Android also
got an upgrade
Available for Android 2.2 handsets, and slated to come
preinstalled on future Android 2.3 devices such as the Nexus S, YouTube app version
2.1 has been rewritten to approximate the utility of the YouTube desktop app.
YouTube app 2.1 now has a new full-screen user interface users
can access by rotating the phone. Users may also enjoy: on-page playback; post
comments while videos are playing; and access subscription updates from the
home screen of the app.
Both the new Gmail and YouTube for Android apps may be
downloaded now from the Android Market.