Gmail Android app updated, brings notification shade shortcuts

gmail-androidGoogle has released a new update for Gmail for Android today earlier today. This update brings the much awaited notification shade shortcuts to the app on Jelly Bean running devices. If you have phone or tablet running on Android 4.1 or above, you can now reply, archive or delete mails directly from notifications, no need to open the Gmail app.

“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. 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,” Gmail team noted in a blog post.

For users with Android devices with ICS and up, Google has included faster search capability in the app, which will also work when you are offline. For many of you who are still stuck with devices running on FroYo or Gingerbread, the Gmail app on your phones will just get performance improvements.

Here is the full change-log:

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and up:

• Reply, archive or delete from notifications – no need to open the app

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up:

• Faster search, even when you’re offline

• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Android 2.2 and up:

• New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers

• Performance improvements

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