Google Brings Better Priority Inbox Support to Android, but Only if You Have Froyo

Ryan Whitwam

Google has today rolled out the newest update to the Android Gmail client and it's a big one for fans of the Priority Inbox feature on the desktop. Now when viewing the inbox, users will see the familiar yellow arrows to let them know which messages are important according to Gmail. Users can also view just Priority Inbox items by tapping the label link, then choosing Priority Inbox.

Google has added the ability to control what mail is, and is not, marked Important on the phone. You used to need to use the web interface to do this. Now simply tap the checkbox for a message, then use the menu option to toggle its "importance" status. In the settings, the app can be set to notify via sound or vibrate only on new important messages. This could be great for those that get a lot of mail.

Google also added some more options to the composing process. You can switch between reply, reply all, and forward while composing. There is also a new option to configure the from address in replies if the mail was forwarded from another address. This updated app is available in the Android Market, but only for users of Android 2.2 Froyo and higher. If you have a compatible phone, let us know how you like it.

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