Google’s Gmail client for Android has now rolled out an update bringing with it several new improvements, including the ability to reply, archive or delete a message directly from the notification shade in Android 4.1 or higher.

While the new Gmail notification features are probably the most significant change, that’s far from the only change. For those with Android 4.0 or higher, the new Gmail update also offers faster search, and according to Google that even applies to when you are using it offline. There are also some bug fixes for those with ICS and higher.

If you are stuck with Android 2.2, you aren’t completely left out. The new update also affects Android 2.2 (and later) users with a new labels API for 3rd party app developers, and some¬†unspecified¬†performance improvements as well.

It’s really not surprising to see that Jelly Bean saw most of the love here with the latest update, though its nice to see those of us with older versions of Android still getting support as well.

What do you think of Google’s new notification shade feature for Gmail, like the idea that you won’t have to enter into the app nearly as often?