Gmail for Android 4.0+ devices updated with pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-archive

Daniel Bader

December 3, 2012 3:57pm

Remember that huge upgrade to Gmail for Android we wrote about last month? Looks like Google was merely putting the finishing touches on the app before releasing it to everyone. While the big new features — pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-archive — only work on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above, it looks like all Android devices received the requisite performance improvements and bug fixes.

Aside from the most notable changes, Android 4.0+ devices benefit from being able to attach files and photos from within the app itself, as well as larger photo previews of photos.

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  • crimsona

    It’s not enabled by default, you must go into Gmail preferences and enable it in the checkbox

  • Thai

    Bone to the er!

  • nochangeshere

    Well, I just updated (on 4.1.2) and there’s no pinch & zoom or swype to archive… besides the “archive” icon being different, there’s nothing major here, at least not for me.

    • nochangeshere

      Forget it, just found it under settings.

  • Ron Mexico

    Sweet, good times!

  • the handsome one

    That’s all nice and all, but how about including a dark theme…

  • Rocky

    Why just Google…what about others….?

  • the handsome one

    Or any theme for that matter, other than white…

  • lorax

    ugh, still no black theme, I don’t know why google is so adamant about power hunger white themes.

  • Alex

    Mcafee has an antivirus for Android as well, check it out. You’ll need it.

  • Jon

    How do you enable the pinch to zoom???

    • Joe

      Go to settings – Auto-Fit messages- check box to allow zooming.

  • Marco

    Just upgraded to 4.1.1 and upgraded gmail app, html view is now gone, anyone know how to enable it back?

  • NordicNinja

    Something I haven’t seen anyone mention yet, AFTER you pinch zoom, DOUBLE TAP and it will wrap the zoomed text into your screen so you don’t have to scroll left/right to see everything. I can’t believe this has gone un-mentioned, has anyone else noticed this? It would be nice if it auto-wrapped after zooming, but I’ll take it as is, good update.