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Gmail for Android finally gets a key feature email on iOS had for years

Google has updated its Gmail app for Android and is finally bringing it to par with the native email app on iOS. Google calls it “All Inboxes,” and in essence this feature displays emails from mul

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Google has updated its Gmail app for Android and is finally bringing it to par with the native email app on iOS. Google calls it “All Inboxes,” and in essence this feature displays emails from multiple accounts in a single unified inbox.

gmail-unified-inbox-screenshotFor people with multiple email accounts, including yours truly, it can sometimes be a pain to skip between accounts to check an email. Currently, to read emails on different accounts, one has to open the menu on the left and tap on accounts. With this new feature however, you will now see a new option in the menu called All Inboxes. Clicking on it will show you emails from all the signed in accounts.

This feature is currently only restricted to the Android app, with no word on when it will be available for the iOS app. For Apple users however, the native Mail app already has the unified inbox feature.

In addition to All Inboxes, Google is also introducing a couple of new features including threaded conversations for non-Gmail accounts. In other words, even if you are using Yahoo, Outlook.com or other IMAP/POP accounts, long email threads will now be “neatly stacked as one conversation.”

gmail-conversations-view-screenshotFurthermore, the Gmail update is also bringing features like improved auto-complete in search, new animations, larger previews of attachments, and the option to save those attachments to Drive in one tap.

Google has slowly started rolling out the update. At the time of filing this story, the update hadn’t reached our phones, but we expect it to sooner than later.

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  • Published Date: March 31, 2015 12:18 PM IST