Google announces Gmail update with better sorting features

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



1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

3. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

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

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

8. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

then why phonearena reports information about chromebooks too?

9. buccob

Posts: 2977; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

11. JeffPom unregistered

Oddly enough... After looking into it more... It appears it is not just for mobile!

4. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

good feature

6. thavet

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

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

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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