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Gmail Update Released – Includes Pinch-to-Zoom, Swipe-to-Delete, Improved Attachments, and More

Google is pushing a Gmail update to the Play store this morning, one that includes all of the goodies found in the Android 4.2 version of the app. Once updated, as long as you are running Android 4.0 or higher, you will be able to pinch-to-zoom in emails, swipe them away to either delete or archive, attach photos and videos from within the app, and preview attachements in a much better way.

It’s not showing up on our devices, but it may be on yours. Got it, go check yours!Ā 

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To check out all of the new goodies in the 4.2 Gmail, hit up the 8:45 mark of this video:


Cheers Adam and Roger!

  • Todd Martineau

    I can zoom in so the text is large enough to read and I appreciate that. However, the app should automatically reflow the text – that seems so obvious – so that you don’t have to pan around like an idiot to read messages. I find the new features somewhat of limited use because of this.

    Also, you shouldn’t have to type special characters to filter things; there should be menu options or buttons that could handle this kind of thing. Gmail is too simplistic an app. Google can do better and their email app should better reflect the high tech and innovative nature of their company.

    Instead I have noticed people making comments like ‘Finally!’ or ‘When are we going to get this other feature that I have been waiting for?’ (Such as ‘Turn off conversation view’, ‘Filter tools’, ‘Text reflow’, etc.)

  • burpootus

    They really need to allow turning off conversation view.

  • I uninstalled gmail using TB, Reboot, installed from play store. Had to recreate my signatures.

  • chudilo

    this zooming option only allows zooming to 100% not past (what if I want to read the fine print in an image?)

  • When you double-tap to zoom…you have to double-tap again to get the text to re-flow?

    Anyone else notice that?

  • no update for me yet.

  • A “next unread” conversation feature would be nice.

  • dave

    Why is the only option for swiping is archive when in Settings/General Settings/Swiping Conversation List it is checked “Archives or deletes?” Shouldn’t that mean we can swipe left for one action, right for another? Or a prompt after swiping?
    Also, be nice if we could check several emails, & swipe them all simultaneously instead of individually.

  • Does anybody have a solution for the “package file not signed correctly” issue? Running AOKP JB Milestone 1.

    • DanSan

      yup. got the same error

  • Google should start putting all the GApps up on the market like this. That way everyone can get the updated versions.

  • EvanTheGamer

    WOW…Pinch-to-zoom and Swipe-to-delete works incredibly well! Very smooth transition too. Hell yeah, Google has done it again!

  • The iPhone has had this for ever. Fail.

    • JoshGroff

      They had to find a way to implement it while avoiding Apple’s patents?

      That’s the most logical reason.

  • steveliv

    message fit and pinch to zoom should have been day one options. that said, thanks google!

  • EvanTheGamer


  • PyroHoltz

    When I go to update it says, unable to install because the package wasn’t signed correctly and to uninstall previous.

    I’m rocking CM10.0.0 on my Toro and the latest Gapps.

    • JoshGroff

      Use TiBu or something, uninstall G-Mail and re-install through the Play Store?

      I had no problems with my N7 stock rooted, but my Toro running JBSourcery didn’t like it either.

      • TSY87

        uninstalling gmail with tibu does not solve the issue, you will end up with another error.

        • Queva1

          Same here on Aokp jb milestone 1 I was using the leaked gmail/camera flash able zip from here beforehand

  • JohnPA2006

    Its kinda pinch to zoom, but I think its legal reasons its kind of gimped. but its better than not having it at all.

  • T4rd

    I just updated on my Note 2, DNA, Razr Maxx HD, Nexus 4, HTC One X+, Galaxy S IV (prototype), Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and G1. F*** all you all =p.

    • endurotech

      Galaxy S IV Prototype huh? Say some more.

      • T4rd

        It has a 4K super dee duper IPS+ display with Cortex A-57 SoC w/ nVidia GTX 790m GPU. The only problem is that it requires a 48 KW/h battery pack that comes with its own dolly and it still only gets 3 hours of screen-on time. Hopefully they fix the power issue in the next revision ;-).

  • carlinscuderi

    Zooming doesn’t work on my Note II, and swipe-to-delete would have been nicer than swipe-to-archive.

    • Susan Shambaugh

      You can change it under setting to delete instead of archive when swiping. šŸ™‚

    • Ozyman666

      You can change the default to delete under “swiping conversation list.”

    • You need to enable pinch in the settings and change the default swipe settings.

  • I’ve got the update on my Note 2, but after updating, nothing seems to have changed?

    • Nevermind, the updates are there. Just had to enable zooming.

  • NexusPhan69

    Just so everyone is aware (As Droid Life missed a very important step) You have to go into the setting and enable pinch to zoom. Under general setting it’s called “Auto-Fit messages”

    • discstu37

      Thank you I forgot I had to do this when I side loaded it on a previous device. Drove me nuts then too when I thought it “didn’t work”.

    • carlinscuderi

      THANK YOU.

    • cknight91

      Was just about to post this…thanks for pointing it out. Works great once enabled!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Good looking out, pal.

  • slider112

    Auto fit messages is great… have had this on my N7 via 4.2.1 but loving having it on my VZW GNex now….

  • nsauce7

    wasnt listed for an update under my apps, but when i searched it shows it needs to be updated

    • nsauce7

      package file not signed correctly when installing, anyone else?

      • Booyah


      • Matthew Merrick

        yeah, ive had that error for months now. its maddening. i think its a rom thing.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        this is likely due to the fact you have a modded gmail app in place. roll back to stock and then try it.

      • summit1986

        Use TiBu to uninstall, reboot, profit! (I also fixed permissions in TWRP, just for good measure)

  • Swipe to archive is surprisingly awesome!

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      where does an archived email go in gmail?

      • steveliv

        out of the inbox.

      • JDHokie

        I always hate when I hit “Archive” instead of “Delete” in GMail. Never know where it goes to.

        • Jon S.

          Goes to “All Mail.” The idea is that Google (Gmail) is a search giant, so you can search in your email later down the road, versus deleting and losing it forever. With the free storage space they provide, it is to your benefit to “Archive” instead of “Delete,” unless it is really junk.

      • The Race To Die

        they go to your “all” folder and no longer show up in your inbox. you can un-archive them if you did so by accident

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Wish I could swipe left to archive and swipe right to delete . . . I don’t get why it’s one or the other.

      • dave

        totally agree!

      • Exactly! I don’t know how it is on stock ICS/JB…but the email app on my D4 (Blur-wich) allows different actions for left and right swipes. You can delete, move, mark read/unread or do nothing. Works slick.

  • j__h

    Well that took long enough!

  • chris

    Iā€™m showing there is an update but unable to do anything

    • John

      install from web play store

      • Chris


  • zepfloyd

    Yea I had to actually open Gmail from the installed list and hit update. It didn’t just show up. Maybe we’re too quick, haha.

  • Dave

    Just updated on the Droid DNA. Good times.

  • Toro got it

  • Thomas Schiferl

    !!! PINCH TO ZOOM !!!

    • Doesn’t seem to work for me. Have you been able to actually pinch to zoom?

      • NexusPhan69

        Check out my other comment. I don’t want to double post. You have to enable it.

        • Ha thanks. Oddly off by default. šŸ™‚

  • Just updated on Verizon Note 2

    • Chris

      Honest opinion on not having unlimited data… Is the phone worth losing it?

      • michael osborne

        I was allowed to transfer one of my upgrades to my feature phone and then upgrade it. The verizon person then activated the note on my line. So I still have unlimited data and a feature phone with no data to do this again in the future when the galaxy s4 comes out.