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Gmail Android app updated to bring ICS features to Honeycomb tablets
If you currently own an Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet and your gadget is not on the list of devices to be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon or you just can’t wait anymore to get a taste of ICS, you can now pretend for a couple of minutes or so that you have an Android 4.0 slate on your hands.
The latest Gmail app update, released by Google on Wednesday, brings ICS-like functionality to Android 3.2 tablets. Or at least that’s what Google is claiming, because, in reality, the differences between the old and the new Gmail app are far from being dramatic in any way.
Sure, it will probably be nice for you to be able to set custom notifications for individual labels, to access recent labels by simply tapping your Gmail account, or to move between conversations by swiping on your screen, but, at least as far as I’m concerned, it’s too little to keep Android 3.2 tablet users happy for much longer.
And I personally know a couple of Android geeks who are so disappointed that their Honeycomb slates have not yet been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, that they’ll only get annoyed by these minor updates.
The Gmail update also brings a couple of minor tweaks for Android 2.2 and 2.3 users, including so-called “performance improvements” and “new labels API for third-party app developers”, but at least Froyo users are not seriously expecting an ICS update anytime soon, are they?
What do you guys think, are you excited about the improved Gmail experience you should supposedly get on Honeycomb tablets right now, or are you still pissed about the delay in ICS updates? Download the improved app from Google Play right now and then hit us back with a comment giving us your opinion on the update!