Gmail for Android Now Integrated with Google Drive
May 20, 2014
By David Gutbezahl, TMCnet Contributing Writer
Receiving attachments has become a lot easier now with the most recent Gmail update. With the new 4.8 update by Google, announced on May 5, users will be able to save attachments directly to their Google Drive.
This new update will allow Android (News - Alert) users to save and access files on any device with Google Drive, without having to waste local memory and time on downloading the attachment. This further integration of Google (News - Alert) Drive and Gmail will be a definite boost for the growing cloud service.
Integration between Google Drive and Gmail isn't new though. November 2013, Google released an update for Gmail on the desktop that essentially does the same thing. Using Gmail on the desktop, users were able to see thumbnails of attachments, click on them and choose to save them to Google Drive rather than directly download them.
The updated app will do just about the same thing, minus the thumbnails.
Alongside this exciting new integration, the 4.8 update will also add a few more features.
It used to be that when a message was sent to the spam folder, a person would not know why. Google doesn't want to leave users in the dark, and will help them figure out just why a message went into the spam folder. The new update will provide messages explaining the exact reasoning it was sent there.
For those who speak languages like Hebrew or Arabic, Gmail can look a bit funky. These, and several other languages, are usually written right-to-left, rather than the English left-to-right. The new update will have improved support for those right-to-left languages. For those who speak these languages, the app will feature the navigation bar and profile pictures on the right now.
They also want to make navigation easier. With the new update a user is able to swipe to the left while reading an email, and pull up a side navigation bar. This side menu will include settings, feedback and help links.
The app isn't available to everyone yet, but Google has stated they expect to see it rolling out to different Android devices over the next few days. Once it does come out, the most popular Android app is sure to get plenty of downloads.
Edited by Maurice Nagle