Google revamps Gmail app for Android, now includes access to outside accounts

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Gmail for Android is currently getting one of the biggest updates it’s gotten in a long time. In addition to bringing Google’s new Material design over to the app, which includes “a more modern style” and “sleeker transitions,” the app also includes access to outside accounts through POP, IMAP, and Exchange.

In effect, this makes Google’s separate Email app obsolete, and it seems as if going forward Google will only ship its Nexus devices with Gmail on board – no other email apps will be pre-installed. This is an interesting move, since Google only recently published the AOSP Email app on the Play Store – it now looks like future development on it will be abandoned. Additionally, this has the potential to cause some confusion for users who wonder why they can access their Exchange email accounts on the Gmail app, while Gmail on the web does not support Exchange.

In any case, the app itself feels a lot more updated, and I have to say that I’m really digging the new compose/reply button on the bottom right. You can download the latest version of Gmail from the Play Store.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.