News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 25, 2013.
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Like it or not, Google is working to unify the appearance of its many mobile apps, and the new version of Gmail for Android is the latest to see a slight tweak to its appearance in order to fall in line with the other Google apps for Android. The "Cards" interface first seen in Google Now that later trickled down to Google+ and YouTube has found its way to the conversation view in Gmail. Email readers can now see a more clearly-defined separation of messages thanks to some visual changes that create spaces between emails. Users will still be able to see quoted text and follow along the conversation in a more succinct way.
Gmail also improved the way that users select multiple messages. Since Google removed the checkboxes next to emails months ago, users have selected multiple messages by holding down on the left hand side of the screen, where the avatar is displayed, and then tapping other messages marked for archiving, labeling, or deleting. A checkmark now appears over selected messages in order to make it more clear which emails have been marked. There will also be a pesky reminder that
Google is rolling out the Gmail update to Android users starting today. Android 4.0 or later is required to use the redesigned features.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.