Apr 04 AT 2:59 PM Anthony Domanico 10 Comments

Gmail for Honeycomb tablets updated to more closely resemble Android 4.0


If you happen to own one of the many Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets, you’re likely (not-so) patiently awaiting the Android 4.0 upgrade to hit your device. Some tablets have already been given the upgrade, but many more are left with Honeycomb, with nary an update in sight.

To hold you over until the upgrade finally comes, Google has pushed out an update to the Gmail application for Android 3.2 tablets. The update brings ICS-like functionality to Gmail, including:

  • Swipe to move between conversations
  • Tap your account to access recent labels
  • Set custom notifications for individual labels
  • Syncs the last 30 days of messages for faster viewing and search

While not mind-blowing by any stretch of the imagination, it’s good to see Google bringing ICS-like functionality to older tablets running Honeycomb. Still, it’s somewhat embarrassing that these tablets aren’t yet running Android 4, especially considering the limited skinning of Android tablets face, especially compared to Android smartphones. Then again, Dustin reminds me that maybe tablets running different versions of Android isn’t such a big deal.

There are a few minor updates to the Gmail application for Android 2.2 and 2.3 users as well, so you’ll want to go ahead and navigate to the Play Store to update your Gmail application.


Via: The Verge

Source: Android Police

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  • Bryan Stoner

    Pretty cool! I simple app update can make a huge difference~

  • honourbound68

    nice to have a gmail update to look more like ics but i’m still waiting patiently for my evo view to get updated to ics before the end of the year

  • Nathan D.

    Awesome, at least people with honeycomb will have a taste of ice scream sandwich while they wait for the update.

  • spazby

    not a revolutionary update but better than nothing….

  • LukeT32

    It shows a update for my Gnex too, but says it isn’t compatible with my device….

  • Paul Jamieson

    I just want to add Logo’s to my signature ..
    by the way how do you find out what version the gmail app is
    on the site? on the client you can go to about, but the
    play store does not seem to list it ..

  • Lucky chauhan

    Yeah…!! Hurrah…. Good newssss for everyone :D


  • tumpero

    Come on Google, give Gingerbread users the same treatment! ATM Gmail on 2.x looks inferior compared to eg. Google+

  • Michael Brooks

    I have an Original Galaxy Tab, and it’s frustrating that we are still Froyo, can’t even get an updated to Honeycomb. Both Verizon, and Samsung should understand that this leaves a very bitter taste for in the consumer.