By Stephen Schenck | December 11, 2013 3:42 PM
We’ve been hearing about a bunch of stuff Google’s been up to with its Play Store app selection today, and maybe the most interesting tidbit to cross our desk has concerned a new update landing for the Android Gmail app. Let’s get right in to looking at what’s new.
Sure, there are any number of cloud-based services you can use to store and transfer your files, but for millions of users, the easiest and most reliable way to send someone something is as an email attachment. In the past Android Gmail attachment support was seriously limited, but this update finally lets you attach and save any file extension you choose – and that includes compressed archives.
That feature alone would be worth updating the app for, but we also get a few extra treats. There’s a new vacation responder, letting you specify an automatic message that should be sent to people who attempt to contact you during a defined time window. There’s also new support for the cloud-based printing framework introduced with Android 4.4.
Finally, Google says that memory requirements have been decreased to help give the app better performance on lower-end hardware. All around, a very attractive update; this is all almost enough to make us forget about what Google’s doing to Gallery.