Gmail 4.2.1 introduces pinch to zoom for Ice Cream Sandwich and above

Gmail 4.2.1 introduces pinch to zoom for Ice Cream Sandwich and aboveYou’d think the Gmail Android app would get a little more TLC, coming from the very folks who own Android ‘n’ all. It's not in particularly great shape. Imagine a Jan OS with a rubbish Janmail app. Crazy.

But no more! Well, mostly. Gmail 4.2.1 for Android introduces a bunch of new features (some of which we previewed back in October), though Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is a prerequisite.

The various features originally popped up in Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1), and they’ve now been rolled out to a wider audience via Google Play.

In addition to the usual “bug fixes and performance improvements”, one of the key features in Gmail 4.2.1 is auto-fit, which resizes emails to fit the display so you don’t have to scroll left and right to see content.

On a similar note, Gmail 4.2.1 also introduces pinch to zoom. The future is now, brothers.

You can also swipe messages to delete or archive, and attach photos and videos from within Gmail 4.2.1.

Finally, there are larger photo previews, and a gallery view for photo attachments.

And that’s Gmail 4.2.1. Go forth and email.

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Pondlife  Dec. 4, 2012 at 16:05

As a pointer the extra bits above default to off, you need to turn them on in settings.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2012 at 17:29

I'm meeting Elop later today to bring the JanOS to the Loomia range...
I don't understand why they cannot make ONE good unified email client for Android. A decent Gmail app, and a cr*p general-purpose client for the rest... Pfft.

Pondlife  Dec. 4, 2012 at 17:37

Wouldn't that be the Loonia range? I'd be fascinated to watch an actual meeting between you and him....
Have my old hotmail account feeding into Gmail app tbh

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2012 at 18:30

I use 'enhanced email' when on Android. Pretty t ain't; but it has much better features than the native Android mess. Now that G bought Swift, maybe there's hope?

kamawell  Dec. 4, 2012 at 19:50

As a pointer the extra bits above default to off, you need to turn them on in settings.
Thanks - I did wonder why the zoom wasn't working.

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