Gmail and Play Books updated with added features for older Android versions

Daniel Bader

April 4, 2012 5:01pm

Gmail and Play Books for Android got some nice updates today for older Android versions. Gmail has been given a nice update for Honeycomb devices, bringing it almost to feature parity with Ice Cream Sandwich phones and tablets. You can now swipe between conversations and set unique notifications for labels, as well as sync the last 30 days of messages for offline storage. The app has also received a spitshine for Froyo and Gingerbread devices, with some performance improvements.

As for Play Books, it seems as though Google has taken some of the nice features from Honeycomb and ICS and backported them to Froyo and Gingerbread devices. A new UI is in store for those users, with a nice 3D page turn animation, in addition to in-book searching when offline.

Head over to the My Apps tab of Google Play, and get downloadin’.

Via: Google Play (2)

  • Non

    I wish they could port Chrome as well

    • Bilal Akhtar

      They’ve already clarified that it won’t be possible, since Chrome heavily relies on the HW acceleration API provided by Android 4.0. Porting it would surely require changes on the OS side too.

  • K

    Somewhat unrelated question: What app/mod/widget is being used to override the stock battery indicator? Thanks. K.

  • Paul

    Daneil what kind of mod are you using to make the battery meter show up as numbers in the status area?

  • shaggyskunk

    yeah, that’s great…. But I’d like to Google do something about spam! How about allowing us to BLOCK senders!! It should be up to us to not only view the garbage in the spam folder… but then give us the opportunity to permanently block the spam!! Google tries to suggest that we might miss something if we’re allowed to block senders… I think that we’re old enough to decide which senders, we are sick of seeing nibbling up data with their crap!!

  • Chimp

    Did anyone else read the title “Gmail and Play Books” and assume it was something to do with gmail on the playbook?

    “Google Play Books” sounds really stupid.

  • W Young

    Yeah I thought it was Gmail on a RIM play book tablet.