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Gmail for Android Update Now Rolling Out to More Users


When Google announced the new version of Gmail for Android and desktop users, they mentioned folks would be seeing a pretty slow roll out process for the update. Today, it appears they are upping the the pace of roll out and folks are finally starting to see it live on Google Play.Β 

The new version features the brand new side navigation bar, as well as the new categories feature such as Promotions, Social, Updates, etc. For the full breakdown on what’s new, check out Google’s promo video down below.

Follow the link below and see if you are one of the lucky ones.

Play Link


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  • Wesley Riot

    this is only android 4.0+ isnt it? πŸ™

  • jim

    These on screen ads on droid-life really slow things up

  • Turkey Fart

    is it me, or has google out-smarted their own “archive” function? now i just leave everything under the main labels?

    and how is it that i have a nexus device, yet am not one of the “lucky ones”? i have a nexus….i’m entitled, darn it!

  • rahulshenoy

    i think this broke the dashclock gmail extension, don’t see unread counts on the lockscreen now!

    • Justin Winker

      It’s possible, but the Dev for Dashclock is very quick at updating his app, so it shouldn’t last long.

  • shelderman

    I don’t think the tabbed categories appear til you turn it on in the gmail web application. I did that and now I see the promotions, social categories on the android app. Not sure if everyone knew this.

  • saint_stephen

    Can you set label colors from the Mobile app yet?

  • apogee82

    They took away swipe to delete!! NOOOO. Fail.

    • Steve Benson

      No they didn’t you moron.

      • apogee82

        Where is it? It’s not on my Nexus 4…

        • Steve Benson

          Right here…

          • apogee82

            Show delete only… got it. Thanks!

        • Justin Winker

          Swipe either direction from the middle of a line. It’s still there.

          • apogee82

            I get what you are saying… and I had it that way, swipe to delete. But now swiping either direction will only Archive. Or not at all if I have the setting unchecked.

          • Justin Winker

            In General Settings, select “Archive & Delete actions” (the first option). You can customize it there.

            BTW – Does anyone know where the Archived ones go? Never really looked into it, just kept archiving crap. πŸ™‚

          • Matt Brooke

            It just removes all labels so they’re floating out in cyberspace.

          • Justin Winker

            Weird. I’ll have to go hunting.

          • Try “All Mail” FTW πŸ˜‰

    • Paul Hansen

      It’s still there

  • rj

    The apk isn’t the tablet version, is it? I installed it and it take away the preview mode from my N7.

  • If you’re using Apex Notifier (or an equivalent), make sure to update your labels! The “Inbox” label doesn’t exist anymore (due to splitting into the categories), and so you’ll have to tell Notifier (or equivalent) to monitor the split up Inbox. Otherwise, your GMail icon will never get its pretty overlay of unread messages.

  • JamesU513

    Hmmm, very interesting way of visualizing “Pull to refresh”, oh sorry, “Swipe down to refresh”

    • ShadrachCA

      Probably related to avoiding issues with Twitter’s pull-to-refresh patent

      • JamesU513

        My point exactly

  • LexLuthor

    Can threaded view be disabled yet? If not, no thanks.

  • Gamerdad09

    Attachments are still broken in 4.5. “Couldn’t download. Touch to retry.” Reverted back to 4.2.2 and downloads are working again. I regularly receive attachments such as .wav voicemail files and need this feature to work. Same results on my Galaxy S3 and Nexus 7.

  • turdbogls

    man i wish i was a heavy Gmail user. this update is really nice, but i get about 3 Emails a month that i have to look at….lol

    most of the time i get texts/calls to relay messages πŸ™

    really nice update though πŸ™‚

    • Can you forward you other email account? (Do you want to?)
      Best thing I ever did was ditch using Hotmail by forwarding that account to my Gmail.

      • turdbogls

        i already have my yahoo! mail forwarded. but it is still just junk mail usually.
        the only way i would get useful e-mail is from work….which i do NOT want to deal with on my spare time πŸ™‚

  • j-wood

    There any downsides to sideloading it? Will that break any links to the play store version?

    • Nadora

      It won’t break your link to the Play Store πŸ™‚

    • Nope, it’ll work just fine and the Play Store link will continue to function just fine.

  • john fragoulias

    Thanks, downloaded it, very nice.

  • Eric

    Another mirror never hurt πŸ™‚


    • kfath1978

      Link worked great!

  • jnt

    I know this is nit-picky, but I really don’t like that it sticks a letter in place of the contact images if you don’t have an image. Just leave it blank, or have a more generic image maybe. The letter trips the “hey I’m not used to that!” switch in my brain…

    Otherwise I like the update a lot.

    • tjubb

      Thankfully you can turn that option off in the settings. It looks horrible otherwise!

      • jnt


    • EMcTx

      You can get rid of those letters. Just go into general settings and uncheck Sender image, It does make it less colorful, though.

      • jnt


  • pcdroidski

    Does anybody miss that bottom nav bar- at least in message threads?

    • JamesU513

      Just noticed that because of your comment. I think Google did the right thing. Those options only need to be there when you select an email or 2.

  • Corey Marrier

    Can’t seem to get it installed via apk. Tried 2 different mirrors from the comments and get a parsing error.

    • Paul Hansen

      what version of android?

      • Corey Marrier

        Synergy ROM 4.2.1

        • Paul Hansen


  • Santiago FernΓ‘ndez Devoto

    I hate not being able to customize the tabs… updates from twitter goes to “Updates” instead of Social, and such things. Don’t like it yet.

    • JamesU513

      I think if you move that email to Social, it will learn that’s where you would like it to go for next time.

      • Santiago FernΓ‘ndez Devoto

        Didn’t think about trying that. I’ll check and update if it worked or not. Thanks

        • JamesU513

          I know it works on the desktop version. After i drag and drop an email into a different tab, it asks me, “Do this for future messages from…? “

  • Getting me pumped up for the new Maps update due out this summer.

    • Already got the invite for desktop and it is rather nice.

  • MikeSaver

    Does the new gmail suck?

  • Inquizitor

    Damn, my family’s Asus Transformer Pad back home seems to get the update, but not my phone. :

  • Dominick White

    If you go to android police they have mirrors where you can download it

  • Finire

    There is now a menu option for both “Empty Spam” and “Empty Trash”

    It’s about time!!

    Oh, and Thank you Google!

  • Paul Hansen

    Enjoy πŸ™‚ http://db.tt/LcrqZTfF mirror

    • Ryan Chapman

      Thanks, worked and updated!

    • Steve Benson

      Not interested in waiting for Google this time, so thank you for this πŸ™‚

  • EC8CH

    Comment on Play store says thanks for the empty trash button.

    Is this real life?

    • Paul Hansen


    • Seth Merritt


      • EC8CH

        well then….

      • Tyler Casilio

        I can’t figure out how though, on Mobile??

        • Seth Merritt

          Go into spam or trash, then hit the menu button up top. Bam.

  • EC8CH

    Tim don’t want that junk!

    Not in His inbox!

  • Curtis

    I’ve been using this for almost 5 minutes now!

  • Blue Sun

    What is the version number of the latest Gmail app for Android?

    • Paul Hansen


      • Blue Sun

        Thanks Paul.

  • Paul Hansen

    It’s… so… colorful… lol

  • Bob G

    Random number assignment.

    • Blue Sun

      I’m assuming by account, not device?

      • Paul Hansen

        Not sure. My RAZR got it before my Nexus and I sideloaded it onto my GS4

        • EC8CH

          In my mind I see all of your phones jumping at your ankles like little puppies as you dangle Gmail updates in front of their little screens.

  • If you have the updated apk, feel free to rip it and upload it for other people to enjoy! πŸ™‚

    • Paul Hansen

      Imma up vote this because some fool downvoted you πŸ˜›

  • JetBlue
    • Tyler Casilio

      Thanks πŸ™‚

    • white.noise

      Thanks so much!!! Love the new sidebar and now it has pull to refresh! and tapping on the sender image starts selecting them for mass unread flag or spam

    • Omar McFarlane

      thanks much

    • michael arazan

      Never thought I’d say this phrase but, Thank You JetBlue

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