Google is pushing out an update to the Gmail app for Android devices starting this afternoon. Gmail version 4.8 brings a handful of updates to the UI, performance improvements, the ability to save attachments directly to Drive and more.

Save to Google Drive

Along side the familiar download/save option for attachments in emails, Gmail now has a Save to Drive option. This continues a trend within Google to assist users in utilizing their Drive cloud storage option, making all of your files available for all of your connected devices. This is certainly a handy feature for devices whose internal storage is limited.

Faster access to the side navigation menu

In addition to adding Settings, Help and Feedback into the side menu, you’ll now be able to access the side menu by swiping from the side of the screen while reading messages. Previously, the left menu was only available from the Inbox, or other label views – Settings, Help and Feedback lived inside the overflow ‘hamburger’ menu in the top right of the screen.

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Spam Explanations

This one is simple, but a great idea, Gmail will now provide a quick explanation for each email that lands in your spam folder.

Improved RTL language support

This is for, among others, the Arabic, Hebrew and Persian users in the crowd, Gmail will now locate profile pictures and the navigation menu to the right side. The result should be a more natural user experience, the way you would expect it to be, for all Right To Left languages.

Extra goodies

In addition to the changelog provided on the Gmail Google+ page, we have reports of users seeing fun messages throughout the app. If you can get yourself to inbox zero, you’ll be rewarded with a congratulatory note for a job well done and to go enjoy your day. “Thanks for recycling” shows in your empty trash and “Hooray, no spam” in the expected empty spam folder.

Users with multiple accounts installed will now see a user profile image for each account in the left menu. And, in a nice touch, the swipe down to refresh animation is now made up of all of Google’s colors, instead of just the thin blue line we’ve grown accustomed to.

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We are sure there are more treats hidden within the update that we are not seeing yet, let us know if we missed any in the comments below.

The update will roll out to all users over the next few days, head on over to the Google Play Store if you do not yet have the app installed. Alternatively, the folks over at Droid Life have a link to the .apk if you are comfortable side-loading.

Are you seeing any changes that will drastically improve your use of Gmail on your Android device?

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