New Delhi: Google has updated its Gmail app for Android devices, by bringing a unified inbox which enables users to view emails from multiple accounts at the same time.
It supports emails from Yahoo, Outlook and other services in the updated version.
"Starting today, you'll be able to view all your mail at once, regardless of which account it's from, using the new 'All Inboxes' option," Google software engineer Regis Decamps said in a blog post.
"This way, you can read and respond to all your messages without having to hop between accounts."
Google has simply named this feature "All Inboxes", and it's accessible via the sliding drawer on the left side of the application on smartphones, and the left pane on tablets. The feature brings Google up to par with other email clients usually preinstalled on Android smartphones and third-party apps available from the Google Play Store.
For the convenience of non-Gmail users, Google has now added threaded conversation views to Yahoo and Outlook mail. What this means is that related mails with the same subject are grouped together in a single conversation, thus users can easily follow all the various replies.
At the same time, the update also brings a few smaller features like better auto-complete when searching, larger attachment previews, 1-tap saving to Google Drive, and improved animation responsiveness.
The update is currently rolling out now, although it may take some time for devices to receive it as Google always performs staged releases for application and system updates.