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Saturday, November 1, 2014

[Android app] GMail (5.0) APK brings Material Design and more


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Google has started rolling out GMail for Android version 5.0 which brings several new features and improvements along with an all-new Material Design interface and support for other email accounts. This means you will be able to check not only your GMail but virtually all of your email from within the GMail app.

You can download the latest version directly through the Google Play Store or using the following link.

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Requirements Android

You can download the official APK file using the following link. The APK will work on any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. However you are advised to keep the Unknown Sources option checked under Settings > Security, or you may not be able to install the update.

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Once you update to the latest version of GMail, you will be greeted with a tour of the new features. You will note that Google has also added support for POP/IMAP accounts along with support for Corporate or Exchange mail accounts, within the GMail app. This means you will be able to check and manage just about all of your email from within GMail.



You will also notice that GMail has gone through a major design overhaul with the Material Design elements which is the foundation of the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Google’s engineering team has also been working hard on the underlying functionality that provides the positive user-experience to those using the app. If you extract the visual overhaul, it becomes immediately evident that a lot of work has been done under the hood.



Additionally, the GMail team has also introduced an auto-update feature for mail conversations. If you are in the middle of reading an email, and a reply is received, the email chain will automatically update inline rather than providing an obtrusive notification at the top of the display that would actually require user action to read.

Besides these features, the update should have various other fixes and improvements and we will likely come across more ne features in teh days ahead. If you find something you like about the new GMail for Android, feel free to leave us a comment below.
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