Google is updating its Gmail Android app to version 4.7, bringing an auto-responder option, the ability to print emails (for KitKat users only), the ability to download archived attachments and to attach any type of file.
The auto-responder feature should come in handy to users taking time off from work this holiday season. The functionality is pretty straightforward – you can set the interval for the auto-responder to run, the subject line and the message text, and an option to only send automatic replies to contacts.
The latest version of Gmail now supports cloud printing, a feature introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat. You can choose to print an entire email thread or just select messages. You are presented with the available printers and some basic options like number of copies and paper format. It’s another feature that not many users need on a mobile device, but that can turn out to be a lifesaver in some situations, and it’s good to see Google continuously beefing up the functionality of its mobile app suite.
Google removed the restriction on archive attachments downloads – up until now, the Gmail app did not allow users to download ZIP and other archive files, supposedly due to security reasons.
You can now also attach any type of file, not just videos and pics. This includes all kinds of documents, a real boon for mobile workers.
Finally, Google applied some improvements to memory consumption as part of Project Svelte, which should make the app faster and more responsive.
If you haven’t already, you should receive an update notification for Gmail over the following days.