Mar 18 AT 6:21 PM Dustin Earley 23 Comments

Gmail update enables notification actions


When Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was first detailed, notification actions were one of the best new features. Depending on the app, certain actions could be performed right from the notification window, without ever having to open the app. Surprisingly, the stock Gmail was missing notification actions up until an update released today.

For users on Android 4.1 or above, the official Gmail client now allows the ability to reply and archive messages right from the notification window. While it may seem small, this is a long awaited update. The fact that it’s taken this long is shocking, but we suppose the old saying better late than never applies here.

Also included in the update is performance enhancements all the way back to Android 2.2 and up, and faster searching for users on 4.0 and up. To download the update, check Google Play on your device now.


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  • R.S

    Updated earlier today.

    Unfortunately I’m on ICS so the update is very minor for me. :-\

  • Sufian

    I grabbed the updated (v4.3), however, on my VZW galaxy note2 (running Android 4.1.1) I don’t see the expanded notifications :(

    A friend w/a note2 (also running 4.1.1) on TMO has it working.


    • Shaneaus

      @Sufian – try the opposite of pinching (can’t think of the term for some reason) on the email notification – that should expand the notification to show you a preview of the message and potentially show you the buttons….

      • Sufian

        Wow, thanks!

    • Anjum

      I have an international version n7100, i updated to 4.3 gmail on note 2, but i dont see the xpanded notifications

  • Shaneaus

    If they had also added “Mark as Read” AND given the user the option within the settings for Delete or Archive – they would have knocked this update out of the park.

    As it is – I appreciate it… But, it should have been better.

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  • herbivore83

    This is a step in the right direction, but they should let us choose what functions we want to use in our notification.

    I would also like a “Mark as read” button for SMS. When somebody sends me a text message that says “OK,” I generally don’t need to respond to that. But if I dismiss it from my notifications tab, it still shows as unread in the app. This is pretty obnoxious and easily fixed.

    • LukeT32

      Get CM10.

    • chiefs9089online

      Handcent also has this feature, with added popup quick reply. The stock sms app has long needed a update with more features.

  • Shizz

    Got this update today and there are some emails that I just delete immediately, so I’m hoping I’ll see that. So far I’ve just seen archive and reply all from the notification pull up

    • radhika

      How?? I don’t know how to delete it straight from notifications tab. I have the jelly bean update on my dried RAZR Maxx I still have to open the email to delete it! Please help

  • donger

    Yes, this is an awesome update/ addition.

  • raichleb

    I just emailed myself to see if I was home, errr, to see if the update works. It does.

  • joogleme16

    Well it’s about time! I’ve heard about the feature for quite some time and was waiting for more apps to support it’s use. I’m glad Gmail is now on board!

  • aranea

    I love this new feature. A lot of emails I delete after a glance. This makes it easier.

    Also don’t forget there is even undo after deleting them :)

  • SJ

    Dont see the big deal about this – Pressing reply still opens the app just like pressing on the message did…and dont you need to read the email before replying?

  • Rodney A.

    And yet, still no trash can to delete messages straight from the app. :(

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    take a look at here also –, a place to share tutorials and ideas related to technology…

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  • russieb

    I agree with some of the above posts, If they had included an option to delete rather than archive, this would have been so much better.

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    Those arrested also include a physician’s assistant and owners of durable medical equipment and ambulance companies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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    Nine defendants affiliated with durable medical equipment companies were also charged in five separate indictments.

    Olufunke Fadojutimi, 41, of Carson, a registered nurse; Ayodeji Temitayo Fatunmbi, 41, formerly of Carson, and now believed to be living in Nigeria; and Maritza Velazquez, 40, of Las Vegas, were charged with health care fraud.

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