Gmail for Android Gets Unified Inbox

Email junkies, rejoice: Gmail for Android now lets users read and respond to messages from various accounts in one place.

Use the new “All Inboxes” option to view all emails at once, regardless of what account they’re from (including Microsoft and Yahoo).

No more hopping between work and personal accounts to keep up with messages; just view them all as one list, and respond to the boss between corresponding with friends. The optional feature is available by navigating to the menu; users can return to their individual inboxes at any time.

Google also expanded its threaded conversations feature to include Yahoo,, and other IMAP/POP accounts, making those messages appear neatly stacked as one conversation.

“You’ve told us threaded conversations are one of your favorite Gmail feature because they keep your messages organized and give you all the context you need to reply to those long email threads,” software engineer Régis Décamps wrote in a blog post.

Additionally, Google boosted Gmail’s auto-complete for faster searching, and integrated more responsive animations, larger attachment previews, and the ability to save to Drive with a single tap.

“We hope these updates make it a little bit easier to manage mail from all your accounts (Gmail or otherwise!),” Décamps said.

Android owners can keep an eye out over the next few days as the upgrade rolls out to Google Play. There is no word on whether the same features will reach iOS.

Despite a handful of new features, the week got off to a rough start for Gmail, which experienced some technical difficulties on Monday morning.

he issue, which affected a “significant subset of users,” left users without access to their messages for a few hours. The problem was resolved by early afternoon, and Google apologized for the inconvenience.

Meanwhile, the Web giant is now showing Google Plus-uploaded photos in Drive, which can be managed via a new Google Photos tab.

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