E-mailing from an Android phone just got a little more advanced, as the Google Mobile team has ushered out an update for Gmail for Android, which includes Priority Inbox support, as well as a host of new compose options.
Priority Inbox, a recently introduced feature on the desktop version of Gmail, allows users to mark and sort messages or conversations as important with “importance markers,” whether or not the message has already been read. With the update, users can now switch to a Priority Inbox view, which allows them to view their important messages throughout all of their inboxes and labels, with options to mark them as unimportant or delete them entirely.
Priority Inbox begins to predict what incoming messages are important to users based on what they open or mark. The updated Gmail app also includes an option to set your phone to notify, vibrate, or ring upon receiving messages that Priority Inbox classifies as important.
The update also introduced a revamped interface for composing mail, now allowing users to easily switch between reply, reply all, and forward while writing a message.
Also, sending mail from any previously configured addresses and responding to messages in-line (creating bullet lists) is now possible.
The update works on Android 2.2 (Froyo), so users need not wait for the recently revealed OS 2.3 update to utilize the new options for their Gmail app.