Back in December, Google had told us they were going to add the “Auto-Show Images” feature into Gmail. Which it’s been available on the desktop for a while, and now with the newest update to Gmail, it’s now here. Google is hosting these images on their own proxy servers now, so you won’t need to load them up yourself anymore. They will load up automatically in the email. Which is a nice change, I think.
There’s not a whole lot of other changes here. Of course there are probably some bug fixes and performance tweaks as there are usually in app updates. But, as Android Police points out, there should be a pop-up notice informing users of the change. Which is shown off in these strings:
<string name=”showImages_always”>Always show</string>
<string name=”showImages_askFirst”>Ask before showing</string>
<string name=”always_show_images_teaser_title”>Images Now Showing</string>
<string name=”always_show_images_teaser_description”>”Loading images is now safer, so you’ll automatically see all images within a message when you open it. %1$s.”</string>
<string name=”always_show_images_update_in_settings”>You can update your preferences under %1$s in %2$s.</string>
What’s interesting, is that Google is allowing you to turn off the “Auto-show” feature for images. If you go into your account, and at the bottom under settings, you’ll see the option to change it. Which is pretty nice to have. And yes, we do have the APK, which is at the bottom of this post. Make sure you have checked “Unknown Sources” in the Settings/Security section on your phone. Then just install it like any other app. It’s important to let you know that this will overwrite your current version of Gmail on your phone or tablet. But that shouldn’t be a big deal. We suspect it’s in a staggered rollout, which means it may not hit everyone for a few weeks. Which sucks, but that’s why we have the APK for you.
Download: Gmail v4.7.2