Google stated on Monday that it was updating its Gmail mobile app for Android users, which will allow them to manage multiple email accounts from a single program. The new app will aggregate email from rival services such as Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook, among others.
Gmail had allowed users to access multiple accounts from desktop computers, but the new app aims to seamlessly integrate the various email services in a unified inbox with search and preview capability. The feature is a major boost of convenience, as it means users can read and reply to messages without switching back and forth between accounts.
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"Starting today, you'll be able to view all your mail at once, regardless of which account it's from, using the new 'All Inboxes' option," Google software engineer Regis Decamps said in a blog post.
"This way, you can read and respond to all your messages without having to hop between accounts."
Google also made threaded conversations available for Yahoo, Outlook and other IMAP/POP accounts. The feature, which was already a fan-favorite of Gmail users, allows messages to within an email thread to appear stacked as one conversation.
Today's update also addresses the pain point of faulty auto correct when typing the name of an email recipient. Google says the new auto complete search feature was made better and smarter so "you can find what you need even faster."