July 28, 2011 | by Tony Price
Gmail for Android, which I feel is one of the best email clients available, got an update today to version 2.3.5. With the various bug fixes comes a couple of great new features, including some designed to save you time and battery life. These new features include the ability to assign label specific notifications, to sync only priority emails, and persistent displaying of pictures for senders of your choosing.
These may not sound like features we need to make a big deal of, but I promise you they are. At the top of the list is notifications specific to a label. Personally, I pour multiple email accounts into one central Gmail account. In that account, I use a large number of labels to try and keep things organized. I have already set up a number of different notifications for emails from readers, editors, and even my wife.
The next big feature is a welcome change for me as well. My Captivate, which is running the latest CM Nightly, doesn’t get the best battery life. I know that Gmail isn’t a huge part of my problem, but having the ability to better control what uses my battery is always welcome. I can’t wait to work with priority emails to make the most of that feature as well.
The last change I mentioned is more of a pet peeve. I get a handful of emails a day that my phone loves to block the photos on. I can’t wait to tell it that it is always okay for me to see the photos in the Newegg daily emails. That website is fantastic, and I want to see what they have to say.
The other changes listed by Google for the update include the ability to turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations, better TalkBack support, and various performance improvements.
I know that this update to the Gmail app is one that has me very excited. I use Gmail multiple times a day, and I love that Google is dedicated to making that experience better. What are your thoughts on this update? Are you as big of a Gmail user as I am? What features do you want to see in the future? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.