New Android Gmail App Adds Pinch To Zoom, Auto-Fitting, Makes Me Weep With Joy

I know I don’t generally cover Android app updates on TmoNews, save for T-Mobile related specific apps but I’m making an exception today. The newest release of the official Gmail app ends my single biggest frustration with Android as the new update available to all Android 4.0+ users adds “auto-fitting messages to screen and message zooming.” Happy happy joy joy. Honestly, this is one of the things I truly appreciate about the iPhone Mail app, as auto-fitting is great, is great and now, it’s matched by Gmail on Android. This was one of my biggest complaints during my Android 30 day challenge and I’m thrilled to see it’s no longer an issue.

There’s a bunch of other additions and enhancements, but I can’t think of anything I wanted more out of the Gmail app for Android other than auto-fitting messages. Upon updating, you’ll have to enter settings inside the Gmail app and manually select “Auto-fit messages.” My goodness it’s worth doing and you should do it now, like stop whatever you are doing and update your Gmail app pronto if you’re on Android 4.0 or above.

What’s in this version:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up:
  • Auto-fit messages to screen and message zooming
  • Swipe messages to archive or delete
  • Attach photos and videos from within Gmail
  • Larger photo previews and gallery view for photo attachments
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Android 2.2 and up:
  • • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • • Performance improvements

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  • archerian

    Finally, we’re seeing the fruits of Google’s Sparrow acquisition

    • I’m not sure it’s that, I think that will be something we’ll see on the web, but not really on the apps.

      • archerian

        Oh ok, I was under the impression they joined the Gmail team, figured it would be for mobile apps for Gmail.

        • Oh no, they did, but this seems like something that would have been done with or without Sparrow, that’s just my guess though.

    • You’ve apparently never used Sparrow…

      • archerian

        You’ve apparently never heard of sarcasm…

  • Hallelujah! And it comes just days after I upgrade to the GSIII. It’s meant to be.

  • happy

    yes!!!! f-work YESSSSS!!!!! BARRGHGHGH!H!!!!!!!

  • Herb

    I have been eagerly anticipating the release of the official build of this. I updated as soon as I saw your headline! Email on Android is finally catching up.

  • It works yes!!! Now if My HTC One can get Jellybean it would make my Xmas kinda???? Jeeze I left Sammy because of their Mini Keis and no OTA updates to go with HTC and Sammy decides to do OTA for GSIII and I’m still waiting for it while even one else is getting theirs!!! Come on Tmo.

    • Jose Hernandez

      I hear you about the updates, I actually left HTC because of their absolutely horrendous update track record. It was like pulling teeth and getting your toes broken by a falling space shuttle. I got the GS3 and I can not believe how fast Samsung has provided the updates, OTA as well. I don’t have a problem using KIES to update either. It work pretty good.

  • 06JcSTi

    On the part where it says to: can you change it to anything else besides me? Or is everybodys like that

    • dkbnyc

      Confused. What?

      • 06JcSTi

        You see where it says “to”? Can you change it to your name or anything or does it have to say to: me

        • dkbnyc

          I doubt it but if you touch it, it will display your email address.

  • jbhotnessmon

    can’t see it on the lg g2x cause LG IS A POS COMPANY

    • Herb

      My Nexus 4 would disagree with you.

      • Jeff Martinez

        Mine would just karate chop you in the mouth.

  • Zach Mauch

    Chant make work on my 4.1 g nexus or nexux 7. What am I missing?

    • Zach Mauch

      Crap, should have read the post more carefully. Found it in setting.its beautiful!

  • Evan

    I updated the Gmail app (I’m using a Galaxy Nexus) and I dont see any changes. Auto fit isn’t there along with re size…..

    • dkbnyc

      Has to be selected in Gmail settings.

  • Zach Mauch

    This is great. Now where is it for the built in email app? That’s one thing that really annoys me about Google. They prioritize their services and everything else gets the background treatment. It is hard to use android without using Google’s services. That is one of the things Windows phone does much better and one of the few things that might push me away from android.

  • loueradun

    Wow, I can honestly say that I have been waiting for this since back when I got my G1!

  • “like stop whatever you are doing and update your Gmail app pronto if you’re on Android 4.0 or above”

    This is exactly what I did. Wow. Thanks so much for posting this. I would not have known otherwise.

  • Good update from Google.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    It seems like the latest Gmail (on my Nexus 4) allows you to undo an archiving action, but not a sending one. Is this true? It’s convenient to undo an archive but cmon — undoing sending is one of the great things about Gmail. I’ll be sad if this isn’t in there.