Boomerang is the First Decent Gmail Replacement App Available for Android


If you have heard of Mailbox for iOS and are currently awaiting its arrival for Android, today is not that day. Sorry about that. Although, this app best relates to Mailbox, called Boomerang, an alternative email application that can replace the standard email and Gmail apps that come installed on our devices. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Gmail application for Android, but like everything else, there are things about it that could be a lot better. Boomerang brings a great design, along with some cool features, making it one of the first apps to actually make us consider dropping the Gmail app.  (more…)

Thoughts on the New Gmail for Android

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Well, now that it’s rolling out to everyone are you fans of the new Gmail for Android? The app itself is a mix of new and old, in terms of functionality and looks. Gone is the bottom action bar, in is a new top action bar. The pulldown menu for switching accounts or accessing different labels or inboxes is gone, in is a new slideout side navigation drawer. There are massive colored icons for contacts that default to big letters if you don’t have the sender as a contact, account switching has changed slightly, and you may need to tell Gmail to show either Archive or Delete buttons depending on your preference. It’s a pretty big change, while not being that big of a change – if that makes sense.  (more…)

Google Hangouts Updates on Android With Improvements, New Gmail Finally Rolls Out to Everyone

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So Google does this really annoying thing now with app updates, where it slowly rolls them out rather than posting the newest build and letting everyone go grab it. We saw it with the new Gmail once it went live on Monday, and are seeing it today with Hangouts. Gmail’s big overhaul went live two days ago, but is now just becoming available to everyone this morning. So if you didn’t download and install it manually, be sure to check your device or head into the web Google Play store and install it.  (more…)

Video: Quick Look at the New Gmail for Android App


Today, users are finally able to get their hands on the all new Gmail for Android application. There are a few new things, so we figured it would be appropriate to go over those in a short hands-on video. Folks will notice the shiny new navigation bar on the left-hand side, allowing for quick access to your various labels and other accounts, among a few other little things. It’s not the craziest re-design or anything, but it is better than what it was.  (more…)

How to: Enable New Gmail Inbox With Categories

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If you have been waiting ever-so patiently for the past 24 hours to try out the new Gmail for desktop, you can do so starting now. While in your inbox on the desktop, hit the Settings (little gear on the right) and under the drop down menu, select “Configure inbox.” From here, you will select which tabs you want to have shown, including the new Social and Promotion options. What’s great is that you do not have to have any of them selected, so if you want a more unified appearance, then you won’t have to change anything.  (more…)

Google Announces New Gmail Inbox Experience for Web and Mobile, Including Android and iOS

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The rumors from last week were true, a new Gmail has arrived this morning for both Android and iOS, along with a new inbox experience for the web. The new inbox could feature categories for Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums, but it appears as if you can choose which categories you want to utilize. As Google explains it, “Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when.”  (more…)