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New Gmail App Adds “Experimental” Feature – Get It Now For Your Galaxy Nexus [Download]

Looks like Google wrapped up a bonus treat for ASUS Transformer Prime users inside their Ice Cream Sandwich update. Apparently, a new “experiments” function popped up inside of the native Gmail app. Generally speaking when dealing with Android, you want to be wary of anything labeled as “experimental” but in this case, you need not worry.

This new “experiements” function enables a few new optional features inside of Gmail, the first allowing for a more broader search that dives inside of emails, while the another feature enables drag-and-drop functionality of “contact chips” (or small contact tiles) inside the app. Nothing too fancy but none-the-less very helpful if you spend a lot of time inside of Gmail.

While the new Gmail version 4.0.3-239410 came bundled inside the Ice Cream Sandwich for the Transformer Prime, Galaxy Nexus users, were sadly, left with the older version. But don’t fret because the all new Gmail app — complete with Experimental feature — has been extracted and is ready for the downloading (no root required) via the link below. Enjoy.

Download Gmail 4.0.3

If you are rooted, this version is said to work on any Android 4.0 ROM so give it a try. If it doesn’t work, simply uninstall and download the Market version. No harm, no foul. We still have no clue when we can expect this version to officially hit the Android Market but I imagine it wont be very long now.

[Via ComputerWorld | AndroidPolice]




  • http://twitter.com/BroskiTV Dave Elm

    Was confused as had experiments on my GNex always. Version 4.0.3-238707. Same experiments.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Well, aren’t you just a lucky little duck. :p

    • QuantumRand

      I already have it on my Nexus S as well, Android version 4.0.3. Gmail version 4.0.3-239410. I didn’t have to download or install anything.

  • vin

    Same here with my nexus s running 4.0.3 the gmail version had been with me since last december.

  • bakdroid

    This is in the Xoom build too.

  • codemonkey85
  • tn7871

    And this is why I have mixed feelings about Android. I love the OS, and I love using it. But every time a new version comes out, they leave the older versions in the cold. I’m seriously considering WP7 or the new BB OS when it finally comes out.

    • RitishOemraw

      They are usually left out, because it uses API’s not found in previous android versions and they have better ways to spend their time than to add the features that don’t require the new API’s in the older version of the app.

      I don;t see how WP7 or BB OS will do better, unless they have time to spare to update previous iterations of an app, instead of focussing on developing newer cooler things.

      Can anyone tell me, why WP7 won’t eventually suffer the same fragmentation that android does?

    • http://twitter.com/Snarky30 Ryan Jarrett

      You’re worried about being left out in the cold and still considering a Blackberry?! Don’t do it, man. WP7 on the other hand is a pretty awesome OS with lots of room to grow. My second phone is a WP7 and I really like it. But as mentioned, it will eventually have to get fragmented as well. You can only support hardware for so long before it’s not able to handle the new, fun stuff.