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Gmail's Priority Inbox improved for Android

The latest Gmail app for Android 2.2 and above better supports the "Priority Inbox" feature and more.

Android priority inbox for Gmail

Google's Priority Inbox for Gmail has evidently been successful enough on the desktop that it's now moved to the Android smartphone. The new Gmail for Android 2.3.2 (compatible with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) better supports the "Priority Inbox" e-mail filtering tool by showing off tagged e-mails in a view dedicated to the feature.

If you don't currently use it, you can activate and try Priority Inbox in the Settings from your desktop or mobile browser.

This version of the Gmail app provides some management options, including marking messages important or unimportant--a menu option lets you toggle between the two. In addition, you can rejigger Gmail's settings to notify you when an "important" message comes in. Google acknowledges that this is a start, but not comparable to the desktop experience. Accordingly, we expect to see more enhancements in the not-too-distant future.

In addition to enhanced e-mail support, the updated Gmail app also sees a change to replies. Instead of relying on a series of back buttons to differentiate between replying to one sender or all of them, you can now make use of a drop-down menu at the top of the e-mail to settle replies and forwards. Even better, you can now add in-line comments in a response.

In addition, Google is offering a small but useful feature that lets recent Gmail converts from other Web mail clients compose messages using the Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, or other addresses.

[via Google]