Android 4.1+ users can now reply and archive messages straight from the notifications screen with a single tap.
“You can combine this with existing notification features like the ability to customize which messages you receive notifications for and set up different sounds for individual labels,” according to Google’s official blog post.
“So if you filter and label all the messages from your mom, you could set a ringtone to let you know you received a new mail from her and then quickly reply (because we know what can happen when you ignore your mother!).”
Also for Android 4.1 and above, the update incorporates a faster search and brings to light better suggestive search terms.
Users of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and greater also receive the faster search functionality, along with performance improvements and some bug fixes.
Users of Android 2.2 and up get the performance enhancements, plus access to a “New Labels API for 3rd Party Developers.”
The newest version of the Gmail app is now available for download on Google Play.