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New Gmail App Lands on Android Market

The leaked Gmail app which we posted a few weeks back has now become official and is available to anyone running Android 2.2.  (Sorry Droid X users, you have to wait until tomorrow.)  The update includes a bunch of much needed features including:

  • As you scroll through a conversation, your most important message actions will now stick to the top of the screen, one click away, no matter how long the email is.
  • Very long thread? Now you can view previous message content more easily, just like in the desktop version of Gmail. Tap “Show quoted text” to reveal the previous message.
  • Finally, this updated version of the Gmail app has limited support for Priority Inbox. If you’ve enabled Priority Inbox via the desktop version of Gmail, you’ll see an “Important” label that shows all messages flagged as important. You can even add a shortcut to “Important” to your home screen.

Purely awesome.


Source:  Google Mobile Blog

  • Mykal

    Funny thing happened last night with this app. The new version 2.3 downloaded and installed all by itself with out me promting for it to do so.

    I just happened to pick up my phone at one point last night and saw that it was downlaoding all by itself. Weird.

    Anyone else have this happen?

  • This is cool – I will try to find a direct download of the apk file and see if it will install on our Android tablets at http://www.androidgold.com

  • Timhawn

    If you have the launcher pro custom theme that was posted the other day out will say package not signed properly

  • Quadchuck

    None of my Google apps install anymore
    . Says Package not signed properly. What am I doing wrong?

  • Hunkoman

    D1 running lithium mod. No can do. Says did not install.

  • Jerflash63

    i cant install this on my phone…i have froyo rooted and i also have the 2.2.1 version…anyone know why?

  • Pete

    Anyone else having it show the splash screen with features every time you go in after a new message? Installed and works fine on my DROID, but every time I get a new message it shows me the friggin' splash screen. What the heck?

  • Erude00

    Having same issue. Even deleted apk and tried installing. Failed

    • dylan84

      Yup…thats what happened with me. Same thing happened when I tried to install the apk posted on here a few weeks ago.

  • dylan84

    I cant get this to install…running LithiumMod.

  • The350zWolf

    Gmail 2.3 won't sync for me, OG Droid SSv4.7

    • Cisco

      You ever find a fix, ? I rolled back the install. of gmail 2.3 but still not receiving my email without manually synching

  • MBS

    I've got the new header bar, but it doesn't stick to the top… scrolls right off the top of the screen.

    I thought it was supposed to stick?

  • PyroHoltz

    This is version 2.3 for anyone keeping track, I still have version 2.2 installed on my Froyo D1 because the update kept failing. Anyone else having troubles getting this installed from the QR code above?

  • Wait, does this have that changed Reply button?

  • pezjono

    Won't update on ShadowROM 0.1, Droid.

  • Should I wait to install this if I'm running a themed ROM?

  • jeesung

    this is newer than the leak. the current market version is 2.3 not 2.2.1

    i have Shadow Rom which has v2.2 of Gmail and get an installation error trying to install this. tips? i saw someone say to uninstall the ROM Gmail first, but it doesn't show in the apps manager (phone or astro)

  • joed5122

    rooted D1 and I keep getting installation unsuccessful when trying to update GMail app. Any thoughts on how to get around this?

  • drummer62

    Does anyone know if there is a way to delete “all messages” or click a “Mark all messages” for the spam folder when looking on the phone? I can't see a way to do that with the mobile gmail app still 🙁

  • FortitudineVincimus

    this is 2.2.3 and the one you linked to originally, that I loaded up, is 2.2.1

    • drummer62

      version on mine says 2.3

  • Snerd

    Gmail has a desktop version?

    • Sarcastic

      Derp. (See what I did there?)

  • skltr21

    off topic….. but the new launchepro update is amazing! that's should get it's own post today too!

    • Snerd

      Please stay on topic. Derp.

      • skltr21

        i hope you're kidding………

        • Sarcastic

          This douche just decided to troll everyone in the comments about 6 hours ago. Hopefully he’s found a new site to be hated on by now.

  • z32589

    I'm using ShadowROM v0.0.1. As with all Google apps, they are installed to the system on the this rom. Can anybody give me clear cut instructions how to update the GMail app becasue every time I try from the Market – it fails.


    • Snerd

      There was some info on here previously about un-mounting your SD and manually deleting the apk; I'll see if I can find it.

  • acf2125

    “Update 9/21/10 12:13pm Pacific time: There is a known issue with important actions not sticking to the top of the screen on HTC phones running Anrdoid 2.2, like the EVO 4G and
    the Droid Incredible. We are working to address this.”

    Quote from the Google Mobile blog. It isn't working right on my DInc

    • Snerd

      Gee, thanks again, Sense. Derp.

    • TheRPN

      I'm glad to know Google acknowledged this issue, but one would think they test software on a variety of phones before initial release.

  • SUCH good news!!! I amso excited because my regular email app keeps screwing up but now I can download this one 🙂

    • Snerd

      Awesome! Derp.

  • I may be just noticing this.. but if you have multiple accounts, you tap your email on the top right, and it takes you to the accounts screen… instead of having to go Menu -> Accounts.

    • brain550

      It was that way on the last version.

      • Snerd

        But he may be just noticing this. Derp.

  • brain550

    Is anybody else out there having trouble installing the new Gmail app? I am running Simply Stunning v4.7 and each time I try and install it says its unsuccessful. Do I need to some how uninstall the Gmail that came with Simply Stunning? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

    • brain550

      Also, I have still never received any OTA update for froyo. I can only assume that the recovery blocked it, but I figured I would have at least seen some sort of notification of this. Anybody else not receive an OTA?

    • 2442mike

      I'm having the same problem. I am running Sapphire 1.1.0. I had the same problem with installing Google voice. The fix was to unmount the SD and delete the old Google voice, but I can't find those instructions again and I don't know what the gmail file is to try this.

      • The350zWolf

        I’m running SSv4.7 and removed Gmail 2.2 with Titanium. The Gmail 2.3 will install from the market. The problem I’m having is not being able to sync to my accounts. It sync’ed once when I restored the 2.2 data via Titanium, but it is still buggy. I’ll get back when I make some progress

  • bravoleader2

    It's about time

    • Snerd

      Time for what? Derp.

  • Been waiting since my Gmail got priority inbox for my Droid. Woot Woot!


  • TheRPN

    The header isn't sticking to the top of the screen like ver. 2.2.1. Is this working/not working for anyone else?

    • Collin

      It's working fine for me.

  • NorCalGuy

    i dont know if its just my phone but i have the pre release of this from last week i believe and now my phone is not letting me delete the old one and install this one… does any one know if this is any different than the one previously released last week??

    • Collin

      If you're rooted, you should be able to use root explorer or terminal emulator to manually delete the .apk.

  • Collin

    Whoo! If you have multiple Google accounts on your phone, it also adds the ability to choose which account to send your message from on the fly. I don't know if anyone noticed this before, but if you wanted to change the account you were sending from, you had to back out of the message and switch inboxes.

    • daveinaz

      Yes, but doesn’t give the option to reply from a different email address.

      • Collin

        That’s true… >_<

    • Snerd

      Ahhherrderr. Derp Derp.

  • zmpinqc

    Not showing Priority Inbox labels on Motorola Droid running 2.2 Any ideas?

    • saimin

      I see the “Important” label in the new gmail on my Moto Droid with stock 2.2. Click “go to labels” in the menu and the 3rd one on the list is “Important”.

      • zmpinqc

        Ah, I see it… I expected a small label directly in the inbox like I see with all my work emails or as shown in the screen shots on Google's page. That's what I was hoping for…

      • Snerd

        Interesting. I wonder if this is separate functionality from the Inbox or if they will show differently there as well?

  • thirteen113

    This is version 2.3, not 2.2.1. Very nice!

  • tab00t^2

    Already showed up in the market on my DX (running 2.3.15 deodexed, and Tranquility 2.3.5rc).

  • bgill55

    so is this any different than the leaked version. i see its a higher version number

    • kellex

      Yep its better. More features added.

  • Gg101

    I wish they would add pinch to zoom for html messages.

    • maax

      that or at the very least allow the text size to be enlarged

      • Snerd

        menu, more, options, message text size

  • Ryan

    It just showed up in my downloads section when I went to update. Couldn't be any easier to find.

  • tenth?

    • Snerd

      Please get serious. Derp.

  • Kamikaze

    Third. See how stupid the “first” thing sounds.

    • Michael_NM

      No, but I do see how silly “Third” looks. Lighten up…

      • Snerd

        I agree with Kamikaze. It’s stupid, and has no place in a serious forum. Derp.

        • Anonymous

          Let’s see… Dr. Droid (Kellex, aka the owner of this Life we call Droid) has mentioned many times that he condones “firsts.” The moderators participate in the battle to be first. It’s very easy to scroll past a “first.” What’s annoying to me is people complaining about “firsts.” If you don’t like “firsts” don’t read them. Those (myself included) who have or will first view it as enthusiasm for our favorite site for all things Droid. I repeat… Lighten up. 🙂

          • Snerd

            Your concern regarding the ease of my scrollability is absolutely unacceptable. And by unacceptable, I mean awesome. I can see how you would be annoyed about my complaining. As I don’t like them, I shant read “firsts” hither more. Consider me lightened.

          • +1 to you good sir

        • This is a blog. Not a forum….
          But we have a forum here—>http://forum.droid-life.com/


  • tbaybe

    cool beans

    • Snerd

      I would recommend microwaving on at least 45 seconds to ensure overall consistency in heating.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Times like this make me wish I've spent my whole life giving out my gmail instead of my yahoo email.

    • Forward all of your Yahoo! mail to your Gmail account. Update any senders with your new email address that you want to maintain contact with. Do this for about 3-6 months until you feel that everyone has been updated then disable your Yahoo! account – or just disable forwarding if you want to keep it active.

  • Mr. Joshua

    I was totally just about to send this in as a tip!

  • Kiter86


  • First 😛

    • Michael_NM

      Lord Tato, are you keeping track of your “firsts?” You may be the “first” to get to 100 firsts. 🙂

      • Snerd

        No worries, I am keeping track. Derp.

        • Thanks because I know I’m nearing a million 🙂