Dec 3rd, 2012

Wow… I almost thought this day would never come. Since back in the “G1 days,” there was always one particular Google app that bugged me: Gmail. Why? Well, a complete lack of pinch-to-zoom in the when viewing emails is why. Where 3rd party email apps handled this “feature” with no problem, the Gmail team seemed to put zooming on the back burner. Here we are, almost 4 years later, and in an update that just landed in the Google Play Store — Gmail has finally added pinch-to-zoom (Android 4.0+). Thank you, Google. Thank you.

The strangest part about the update is the fact that Gmail’s most notable new feature isn’t even enabled by default. So, when millions of people all around the world update their Gmail app, most will be completely unaware of this new change. The one feature that could change their life forever. But, for the millions of people that read our fine blog, simply jump into your Gmail app, press Menu > Settings > General Settings > Auto-fit messages. Now, enjoy troublesome-free, email viewing.

Also added in today’s update was the ability to swipe messages either right or left to archive or delete. Works pretty much in the same way as swiping notifications away in the notification area. Snazzy. This can further be customized in Gmail’s settings to only delete (in either direction) or turn off altogether. I feel like my whole life has just been upgraded. Hit up the Play Store to update your Gmail app right now.

[Google Play]