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Google announces Gmail update with better sorting features

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Google announces Gmail update with better sorting features
Last week, we saw a leak that showed an update for Gmail that had what looked to be better sorting features, and a new design. At the time, it was unclear if it were real, or if the update would be coming soon, but today Google announced that it is real, and it will be rolling out to the web, Android, and iOS starting today.

Although Google doesn't say specifically in the announcement, it seems that this update is graduating the Smartlabels Lab feature to primetime. The idea is that your Gmail inbox will now automatically sort messages into certain categories - Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums. The categories are customizable, so you can use the ones you want. In the web interface, the tabs will display above your message list, and you will be able to easily drag-and-drop messages between tabs to make the sorting smarter. 

The update will also be rolling out to Android and iOS "within the next few weeks" according to Google. Android 4.0+ will be getting the left-side navigation pane, and it looks like all platforms will also be getting options to color code your labels, although that wasn't part of the official announcement. 



source: Gmail Blog

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posted on 29 May 2013, 11:55 2

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This is quite awesome... And here I was thinking priority inbox was nice

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:05 2

2. brar.arsh (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


That's really innovative.. Want to try one ASAP.. :D

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:13 3

3. naveenstuns (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


PhoneArena please mention that this update is for mobile devices in the title.

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:29 5

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


We're a website that reports only mobile news. I assumed it would be taken as obvious that the update is coming to mobile devices.

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:50

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wait this site is about mobile news? WHAT?!?!?

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:54 1

8. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


then why phonearena reports information about chromebooks too?

posted on 29 May 2013, 13:28 1

9. buccob (Posts: 1048; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


You can freely take your chromebooks wherever you go... That makes it mobile... Unlike a full blown PC with tower, monitor, keyboard and mouse...

posted on 29 May 2013, 16:25

11. JeffPom (unregistered)


Oddly enough...

After looking into it more...

It appears it is not just for mobile!

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:14

4. rawbow (Posts: 405; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


good feature

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:37

6. thavet (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Now all we need is an update to empty our trash email

posted on 29 May 2013, 14:47

10. JeffPom (unregistered)


Please let me turn off conversation threading on mobile. They gave it to us on the web.... I'd love it on mobile too!

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