By Stephen Schenck | December 3, 2012 3:33 PM
A little under two months ago we got the scoop on an upcoming version of Gmail for Android, adding-in some cool features like the ability to pinch and zoom in on messages. Well, it’s been a bit of a wait, but now that Gmail update is finally going live, delivering its new functionality to Gmail users today.
Pinch-to-zoom works just like it does in a web browser, letting you quickly zoom in on portions of an email to take a closer look. Sure, we may be seeing larger and larger screens on our smartphones as time goes on, but if you’ve got a smaller handset, or your vision just isn’t what it used to be, this feature could be well useful. In the same spirit, the app now automatically scales messages to fit your phone’s screen.
Those aren’t the only new additions in this update, and Gmail is also getting the ability to swipe messages out of the app’s mailboxes. It looks just how you dismiss notifications in ICS, and you can customize exactly what should happen to a message that you swipe away in such a manner, either archiving it or deleting it outright.
Beyond those biggies, there are also some bugfixes and performance tweaks, bigger photo previews, and the ability to attach media from inside the app itself. The majority of these changes are only for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or better; the only change you’ll see on earlier Android builds are some of those performance improvements.