Google is rolling out a new feature to the Gmail Android app, giving users the ability to organize their inboxes by prioritizing certain types of emails to be shown at the top of the client's main interface. Similar to how Gmail works on the web, users of the Android app should now be able to select one of five inbox types directly from their smartphones, including the default setting, as well as the ability to sort incoming emails based on their importance and whether they are starred, unread, or part of the priority inbox.
Changes made to the type of inbox from the web app will now be reflected in the Android app, as well as the Gmail application for iOS. Likewise, any changes to the inbox type made through the Android application will also be applied to the web and iOS platforms. Google makes no mention of whether this particular feature will also be available in the Gmail Go application, which is a lightweight alternative to the full-fledged Gmail app for Android, designed for lower-end smartphones that don’t benefit from a lot of RAM. Regular Gmail users on Android should be able to find the new option for changing the inbox type under “Settings.” Keep in mind that these changes will be rolled out in phases, meaning that not every Android smartphone running the Gmail app will take advantage of this new feature at the same time.
Google has been constantly improving the Gmail application for Android for about a decade now, and last September, the tech giant also rolled out an update that allows users to change their Google account passwords, privacy settings, and basic profile information directly from the app. Last year still, the Gmail Android app received support for Google Wallet, giving users the ability to send and request money. As the company is making this latest Inbox Type feature available to the Gmail app, it is also developing a new version of its mobile OS – Android P – whose first Developer Preview build was launched just yesterday.