Gmail Moves to the Android Market

Google has announced a change in its Gmail app for Android. Rather than waiting to be updated when the OS is upgraded, users will be able to get updates from the Android Market.

According to Google, there have been improvements made on message replies and quoted text, among other things. The “important” message actions on an email will remain fixed to the top of the screen rather than scrolling out of site on a long message. You can also view quoted text, just as in the web version. Last, but not least, there is now limited support for priority inbox as well.

I think it is a good idea for Google to move beyond the slow upgrade process of the various phone manufacturers/carriers. Unfortunately though, this app is Froyo only. I won’t be able to get it for a long time, if ever, on my Xperia X10. If you have Froyo (Android 2.2), you can get the app upgrade here. If you are on your desktop you can scan this QR code with your phone.

If you do have Froyo, enjoy. If you are going to be waiting around a while, I am right there with you. It will be nice when Google prevents carriers from dragging their feet on system upgrades. I am really looking forward to it.

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