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Gmail on Android Receives Update, Honeycomb and Gingerbread Users to Benefit

There is a Gmail update available in the Google Play store, but it is unclear what it changes. There is a changelog on its app page that lists “Security update,” however, the version number ( doesn’t matchup to what I show on my Galaxy Nexus. I compared this new 4.0.5 to 4.0.4 and the differences are so subtle that you may not even be able to tell. Assuming that it’s nothing major and probably is a security update.

Update:  We were too quick in downloading and getting this post up that the updated changelog wasn’t available yet. It is now. Looks like Honeycomb tablets get the ICS experience and Gingerbread users should see better performance.

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:

  1. Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
  2. Tap your account to access Recent labels
  3. Set custom notifications for individual labels
  4. Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users get:

  1. New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  2. Performance improvements

If you are struggling to download it to your phone, you are not alone. I was only able to update because I had other apps that needed to as well, so pressing the “Update all” button did the trick. Trying to update it through its app page does not seem to be working though.

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  • Pete

    Gmail app 4.0.5 removes the Settings Experiments contacts chips and search options from 4.0.34. 

  • Wbwiggy

    I couldn’t get that version on Droid X… gingerbread.

  • I would love for us to be able to change the background color to black… 

  • I might be excite when you have PINCH TO ZOOM

  • cantcurecancer

    still no pinch to zoom. Why?

  • Bradleyfoltyn

    My Incredible 2 is still showing Gmail Version 2.3.6 and I did update… wtf?

    • Havoc70

      Same here

      • Bradleyfoltyn

        does this mean we are not up to date?  how do we get to be like everyone else.

    • Baraa Kazzaz

      same here !

  • i updated from the computer just fine with no problems

  • spickle

    the “play store” Update on the App page now works.

  • sru571

    Still showing 4.0.2 for my gmail on verizon galaxy nexus.  And the play store is still 3.4.7, so maybe once the 4.0.5 system update rolls out I’ll be up to code…

  • normmcgarry

    According to Android Police:

    An update to the Gmail app just hit the Play Store that brings a number of smaller-ish features, most of which are for Honeycomb tablets. The app now offers some of the benefits of ICS on its older brother: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:

    -Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
    -Tap your account to access Recent labels
    -Set custom notifications for individual labels
    -Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline


  • Jaybirdosu

    I show the new version to be 4.0.5 on my Xoom Wi-Fi with ICS but the version new version shows as 2.3.6 on my Droid 2 Global running GB.

  • Marcantony44

    Whats gmail?

  • nsauce7

    updated by itself from its page no problem

  • fvqu

    Surprisingly the Play Store actually allowed to update this app. I’ve been having a LOT of problems updating my apps with the newest version of the Play Store. This needs to be fixed soon.

  • user01

    Not sure if this was here before but I see an option in settings to make the priority inbox the default…hadn’t noticed that before.

  • realfoxm

    Well… at least something is on 4.0.5

  • Dan

    Oh 4.0.5 maybe a hint of what’s to come… dun dun dun

    • Was thinking the same thing. 🙂