Google is issuing an update to the Gmail application today that includes a few new features and some user interface adjustments. A big change is the ability to save attachments directly to Google Drive instead of stuffing them on your phone’s cramped internal memory or SD card, which will make them much easier to access when you’re using something besides your phone. There are also brand new spam explanations, so if you dig through your spam folder you’ll get an explanation as to why that message was filtered at the top of the email.
The interface is also getting some tweaks, especially in other languages. Languages like Hebrew and Arabic that read right to left (as opposed to left to right in English) are seeing major improvements, including putting information like contact photos and the pull-out drawer on the right side instead of the left. That won’t affect you at all if you just use the app in English, but if you do use Gmail in an RTL language you’ll appreciate the adjustments.
Speaking of that pull-out menu, you’re now able to swipe right to see that menu when you’re reading an email. Handy for moving in an out of menus quickly.
Like all of Google’s recent app updates, this one’s going to see a staged rollout. Keep an eye out for it in the next few days.