Gmail for Android update adds pinch-to-zoom and auto-fit views

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gmail-header.jpgGoogle have updated their Gmail app for Android devices running version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above of the operating system, adding a host of new features to make it easier to manage your mailbox.

Top of the list of new features for Gmail 4.2.1 is an “auto-fit” view that automatically resizes messages so that they fit comfortably on screen without needing to be scrolled around. The update also adds a pinch-to-zoom gesture, letting you easily zoom in on details of a message.

Archiving and deleting messages is now as simple as swiping a message left or right from the inbox view, with an option in the “Swiping conversation list” menu letting you define the action of the gesture.

Thumbnails of photo attachments now appear directly in the message view too – tapping them brings up a gallery view to scroll through if more than one image is available to browse through. Phone-captured videos can now be added to messages as attachments too.

Gmail for Apple’s iOS devices however has not received the update, and there’s no word on when to expect to see the changes land on iPhone or iPad.

Gerald Lynch