Gmail for iOS Replaces Buttons with Gestures; Feature Phone's Gets 6 New Indic Languages

Gmail for iOS brings a very useful feature: swipe left or right to move to the previous or next conversation. Six new Indic languages added in Gmail on feature phone. New Compose now default to everyone.

Gmail app for iPhone and iPad, now lets you swipe between messages--letting you save even more time when you email on the go.

"Version 2.1 lets you swipe left or right to move between conversations on the iPhone without needing to return to the inbox. You'll be burning through those unread messages in a flash!," informs Google.

Additionally, it's now easier for you to take action on multiple messages--by just selecting a message in the inbox now enables "edit mode."

Once in edit mode, "tap on messages to select them and then choose to archive, delete, or more, from the new actions bar at the top of the screen. You may select Cancel at any time to leave edit mode."

Gmail for iOS Swipe between messages

The first version of the Gmail app for iOS included this feature, but it used arrow buttons instead of gestures, just like the desktop Gmail and the mobile site.

Fortunately, swiping works better in the Gmail app for iOS, just like in the Gmail Android app.

Google has also rolled out six new Indic languages in Gmail on feature phone browser including: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. Simply go to settings in Gmail and choose your language.

If you're a speaker of these languages and use a feature phone, communicating is about to get a little easier.

Google predicts that some 500 million new users from around the world will join the Internet between now and 2015.

6 new Indic Languages in Gmail on your feature phone

Update 03/29: Gmail's new compose experience is now enabled as the default for everyone as on today. "The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger) -- this makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close the draft."

Google said, the new compose will be rolling out to everyone over the next few days.

In addition, since its preview release on October 9, 2012, Google has released a number of upgrades over the last few months, "from a new way to send files with Google Drive to much-requested features like pop-out replies." Also, it has now an added support for originally missing features like "starring" and "labeling" when composing and the Canned Responses lab.

New Gmail Compose Windows now default to everyone

Update 04/03: Google has added some new "Smart Labels" available on Gmail as the code now includes new labels for travel, receipts and events.

"Smart Lables" is a Gmail Labs product that automatically categorizes messages. Gmail currently has categories for forum messages, social updates, notifications and promotions."

However, if you try search for label such as ^smartlabel_event, label:^smartlabel_receipt, label:^smartlabel_travel --they don't seem to work at the moment.

Tip: As may know, Google personalized ads in the Gmail's interface since 2011, when Google first announced that Gmail would no longer show just ads related to the message currently a user is reading, but also ads related to topics of interest.

However, Google seems to testing a new ad format that lets you hide the ad by clicking the "x" icon and even check other ads by clicking the "more promotions" link.

new gmails ads with hide button

The ads look like regular emails, is a new type of "ad that you can save to your inbox or forward on. If you dismiss this ad, you won't see it again." Ads have permalinks like:

With the "sponsored promotions" page actually has a permalink:

Those, who don't want to see any promotion, can opt in here.

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