Google Updates Gmail for Android Once Again
Google recently provided an update to its Gmail application for the Android platform. The update, which is a free download from the Google Play Store, improves support for the 7-inch display size for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. The app also provides developers with a new Labels API that can be used with third-party apps, and various bug fixes.
Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
Google today said the global Android Gmail app is set to add support for Microsoft Exchange. "Whether you're on Google Apps or Exchange, you can use the Gmail app on any Android device to send and receive mail," said Google in a blog post.
Google Play Services to Drop Support for Gingerbread
Google today said the next iteration of Google Play Services will sever backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Today, Google Play Services — the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms — is 10.0.0 and supports API level 9.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially No Longer Supported
Google has put Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to pasture. The update this month follows an announcement Google first made in November regarding Play Services 10.2, which severs backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 and older.
Google Maps and Inbox for Android Improved
Google today provided updates to its Maps and Inbox apps for the Android platform. Inbox works better on tablets, adds compatibility with Android Wear (view messages and notifications, reply via voice), and improves suggestions while users type.
Google Updates a Slew of Android and iOS Apps
Google has recently delivered updates to a handful of its Android and iOS mobile apps. For example, Google Search and Google Drive for Android gained bug fixes and performance improvements; Gmail earned better support for Yahoo and Microsoft email services, including two-step authentication; Sheets and Slides garnered new ways to change layouts; and Maps now lets people send places they search for on Google Maps desktop to their mobile phone.