Dec 11 AT 3:09 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

Gmail updated with vacation responder, zip downloading support, printing on KitKat devices

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Gmail for Android, while a wonderful app in my opinion, has been missing some features for quite a while. My main problem with it is lack of zip downloading support, meaning nothing in a .zip format can be downloaded on your mobile device. I find that ridiculous, as zips are quite common. But the newest update to Gmail allows it!

The new update also brings vacation responder, which allows you to set an automatic response to those who email you during your vacation. You set dates and choose whether the responses go to everyone or just your contacts, and it will tell people to leave you alone so you don’t have to!

Google added printing support to KitKat, and now the Gmail app supports printing on devices running the newest version of Android. It allows you to print single emails or entire threads, which is pretty useful.

It’s a pretty good set of new features that should be useful to most people. The update is now rolling out to all users, but slowly. If you don’t get it, you’ll have to wait or manually sideload the app. Some Google apps take weeks to roll out to everyone, so sideloading may be a good option. What are your thoughts on this new update? Leave a comment!


Source: Android Police

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Clark Wimberly

    What sort of printing support? Through Google Cloud Print? Just curious if the average person with an average printer can print somehow.

    • Dima Aryeh

      I’m actually not quite sure how Google’s new printing service in KitKat works. I think it’s tied in with Google Cloud Print. I’ll get my Nexus 7 on a charger and check it out later today (it takes about an hour on the charger before it can turn on).

  • Rico

    when i click in the playstore link it gets me to gmail but there it says open, not update. my gmail version is 4.6.1. what version are you talking about here?

    • Dima Aryeh

      The new version is 4.7. It will roll out in stages, so not everyone will see it immediately. For example, I haven’t gotten it either. You’ll have to wait a few days, maybe weeks if Google is taking it slow, to see the update.

  • Aditya S

    Why doesn’t Gmail on Android still support filtering only by Unread emails, either in the Inbox or other folders? That feature is available on the iOS Gmail app

    • Dima Aryeh

      Seriously, that’s a huge oversight

  • popartist

    Showed up for me quick, just downloaded it. Have not tried it yet, but the zip and printing support will be a good thing.

  • phil

    I’d love to have possibility to email a group of people via groups set up on my google account and not to have to use 3rd party apps!

  • P Kelly

    How about email signature syncing?

  • donger

    Love gmail.