Gmail 4.2 available for Android 4.0 devices, pinch-to-zoom feature included

December 3, 2012
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    This isn’t the first time we talk about the Gmail 4.2 app, in fact we’ve seen it leaked just recently, but we can finally give you some good news. The Gmail 4.2 app is now available for download from the Play Store for all Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

    In order to get it, all you have to do is follow the Source link at the end of this post and download your Gmail 4.2 copy on your Android handset and/or tablet. Here’s what’s new in this version:

    Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up:

    • Auto-fit messages to screen and message zooming
    • Swipe messages to archive or delete
    • Attach photos and videos from within Gmail
    • Larger photo previews and gallery view for photo attachments
    • Bug fixes and performance improvements

    Android 2.2 and up:

    • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
    • Performance improvements

    Furthermore, Android Police explains how to enable the pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-delete in Gmail 4.2, two features that appear to be confusing for some users:

    • Pinch to zoom: You need to go into the General settings menu and enable “Auto-fit messages” to use pinch zooming. Pinch zoom only works when this feature is enabled.
    • Swipe to delete / archive: The swipe action can be configured from the General settings area as well, look for “Swiping conversation list.” You can choose “Archive or delete” – which archives from the Inbox (or strips a label from a non-inbox message and sends it to All Mail), but will only delete a messages from the All Mail / Spam folders (it does nothing in Trash), “Delete only” which deletes from everywhere, or “Do nothing” … which does nothing. Yeah, we’re not sure what Google was thinking, either.

    Have you installed Gmail 4.2 yet?

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    Comments

    • tbro4033

      Was kind of shocked when I finally made the jump to Android in November and saw that the gmail app didn’t already have the auto-fit feature. So happy they fixed that. Works just as expected since I updated.

    • Harsha

      I just hope that some Crapple company doesn’t copy this feature and then claim they’ve invented it, and also file a patent.

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